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WJLA, October 21, 2011

U.S. troops leaving Iraq: A chronology of the Iraq war

After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead, 32,000 wounded and more than $800 billion, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq — a conflict that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said was worth the price in blood and money, as it set Iraq on a path to democracy.

Nearly 12 years after leaving Iraq after the first Gulf War, the United States mounted an offensive to rid Iraq and the world of Saddam Hussein in 2003.