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Likin' these American boys: Estelle performs for troops leaving Iraq

U.S. troops on their way home from Iraq let their hair down over the weekend as they were treated to two special performances by British singer Estelle at Camp Virginia in Kuwait. The soldiers had earlier exited from Iraq as part of the military pullout which is scheduled to be completed by December 31.

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U.S. Army Private First Class Christopher Johnson from Waynesborough, Georgia of the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, does a handstand while dancing during a concert by Estelle as soldiers pass time while waiting to leave Kuwait and head home after exiting from Iraq on December 11, 2011 at Camp Virginia, near Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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Private First Class Christopher Johnson dances with Estelle.

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U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Riveria from West Palm Beach, Florida, left, and Private First Class Christopher Johnson enjoy themselves as they listen to Estelle sing.

Writing on her Twitter account, Estelle said "Sand from the desert makes it hard to breathe a bit ... Understanding what the troops do adds more respect. #Salute." She later added "Just performed for the troops again. 2nd perf. Y'all were a bunch of fun!!!!!"

Across Iraq, U.S. troops are packing up everything and preparing to leave the country, leaving many bases surreally quiet. NBC's Richard Engel reports.