As we move into 2012, with little to no fan fare, this happened. Was it worth it?
The last American troops have left Iraq amid fresh concerns about the stability of the political system they are leaving behind.
The last of roughly 110 vehicles carrying around 500 troops mostly belonging to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, crossed the border into Kuwait as the sun rose on Sunday morning, leaving just a couple of hundred soldiers at the US embassy, in a country where there were once nearly 170,000 troops on 505 bases.
The generally subdued departure was punctuated by intermittent shouts of joy.
It ended a war that left tens of thousands of Iraqis and nearly 4,500 American soldiers dead, many more wounded, and 1.75 million Iraqis displaced, after the US-led invasion unleashed brutal sectarian killing.
Read more at ABC News online.