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US military shutters northern headquarters in Iraq

The US military closed its north Iraq division Thursday, Agence France Presse reported, ahead of a year-end pullout from the country.

The Washington Post reports:

About 39,000 American troops remain in Iraq. At its peak engagement in 2008, the military staffed 505 bases with 165,000 forces. Eighteen bases remain under U.S. control; the rest have been decommissioned, ceded to Iraqi security forces or repurposed for civilian use. An average of 520 service members depart Iraq every day.

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