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Bag’s Take-Away:As two soldiers in the Kuwait desert celebrate America’s withdrawal from Iraq, this shot, by Getty’s Mario Tama, might be closest we’ll get to the Times Square kiss.
(photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images caption: Specialist Ashley Walter (L) hugs Staff Sergeant Diana Royal from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division after Royal arrived in the last American military convoy to depart Iraq on December 18, 2011 in Camp Virginia, Kuwait. Around 500 troops from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division ended their presence on Camp Adder, the last remaining American base, and departed in the final American military convoy out of Iraq, arriving into Kuwait in the early morning hours of December 18, 2011. All U.S. troops were scheduled to have departed Iraq by December 31st, 2011. At least 4,485 U.S. military personnel died in service in Iraq. According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence)
Bag’s Take-Away:Tell me this photo, by Getty’s Joe Raedle, isn’t the most ironic image to come out the Iraq war — or the troop withdrawal, at least. Oh, what we paid for that Neocon mug.
(photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: A U.S. Army soldier from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carries his John Wayne coffee cup as he prepares to leave Camp Adder as the base is readied to be handed back to the Iraqi government later this month on December 6, 2011 at Camp Adder, 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.)