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A last lunch before leaving Camp Adder in Iraq

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Left to right, U.S. Army Captain Bishop Sparks, Sergeant Jeremy Healy and Specialist Brian Remillard of the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, eat lunch with Sheik Mahmood Al-Ghizzi at his house, possibly for the last time, as the military prepares to head home from Camp Adder and hand the base back to the Iraqi government in Nasiriyah, Iraq.

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U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Riveria of the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carries his gear to a staging area as they wait for the orders to convoy to Kuwait as the Army send its soldiers and equipment home from Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq.

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A U.S. soldier stands alone in a desolate Camp Adder on Dec. 5 as the Army continues to send its soldiers and equipment home and the base is prepared to be handed back to the Iraqi government later this month near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Camp Adder is one of the few bases remaining that the United States controls as America's military continues its pullout of the country by the end of this year, after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

 

AP did an interview with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in which he said he's confident his country will remain independent from Iran and achieve stability even without the U.S. military presence. Full story.

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