It all started on March 19, 2003 when United States military officially crossed the Kuwait-Iraq border marking the launch of a massive invasion into Saddam’s Iraq, setting the stage for a prolonged intensive asymmetric warfare that crippled the country’s economy and claimed the lives of hundreds and thousands of innocent lives. Now after 8 years of fierce combat, the very final U.S. Military convoy has left Iraq on 18th Dec, 2011 officially ending the most controversial war in American history.
Though all American combat troops have left Iraq but thousands of private contractors (like the infamous Blackwater) remain there in order to protect the massive U.S. embassy present in Baghdad.
After Iraq’s refusal of granting U.S. military the immunity it previously enjoyed after the invasion after 2011, President Obama announced on October 21, 2011 that as scheduled previously all American troops would leave Iraqi soil by the end of 2011 – officially ending the bloody and uncalled-for Iraq War.
Luckily a USAF drone captured the historic moment of the final withdrawal of U.S. Military from Iraq on its surveillance camera. According to the official statement of USAF, a final U.S. Military convoy consisting of 125 trucks left Iraqi soil and a Predator flying up above captured the whole scenario.
Various armed drones belonging to U.S. military would remain in reserve in bases neighboring Iraq after Dec 31, 2011. According to the chief spokeswoman for the U.S. Air Force in the Middle – EastCapt. Melissa Milner:
“Any operation of any aircraft of any type into the sovereign airspace over Iraq after that date would need to comply with Iraqi laws and policies. We are not aware of any special arrangements or exceptions for any aircraft, and are not aware of any ongoing discussions with [the Iraqi defense ministry] on the matter.”
The Predator footage has been embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
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