Iraq Milestone: U.S. Combat Troops Leave Cities And Iraq Celebrates – June 30, 2009

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Generals of Iraq and the United States attend a hand-over ceremony from the U.S. military to Iraqi security forces in Baghdad on Monday, June 29. As part of a security pact signed between Baghdad and Washington last year, the U.S. troops would withdraw from Iraqi cities, towns and villages by June 30, 2009 to their bases, and would leave the country on December 31, 2011.

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Members of the Iraqi security force patrol in Baghdad on June 30. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki declared Tuesday to be “National Sovereignty Day.”

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (center) attends a ceremony celebrating the withdrawal of American military personnel, in Baghdad on Tuesday.

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Iraqi honor guard march during a handover ceremony.

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U.S. General Daniel Bolger (far left), commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, hands over a symbolic key to General Abud Qambar, commander of Baghdad Operation Command, during a hand-over ceremony on June 29.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (third from left) and other officials attend a ceremony celebrating the withdrawal of American forces on June 30.

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Members of the Iraqi security force patrol in Baghdad on June 30.

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Iraqis in Baghdad celebrate the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraqi cities and towns on June 30.

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Iraqis in Baghdad celebrate National Sovereignty Day.

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