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S military no longer controls what was its largest base in Iraq.
The Americans handed over camp victory today a milestone event in the troop withdrawal process.
World affairs contributor Donna -- tally has the story from Baghdad.
He with the closest to an official handover is it could.
Com but it certainly wasn't billed as -- that the -- 24 hours before today's on the ceremony -- sign up to the Iraqis US leadership met at camp victory -- the Baghdad government to commemorate shared sacrifices in the war.
Prior to be a practical boarding in the battle for commitments priced at the -- fighting at the school what the trees -- -- shipments.
We kept our promise to withdraw our troops -- -- cities in 2009.
We kept our promise to end our combat mission.
In the summer of 2010.
Now we are keeping our promise.
We made back in 2008.
To remove our troops from Iraq by the end of this year and they will be removed.
And gold -- now have from camp victory at the bullets peach and eighteenth -- thousands soldier's contract has lived here.
It -- so launched the perimeter stretched to 27 miles -- random cluster of Saddam's old palaces.
Ostentatious symbols of his power at a compound that would become -- -- president and fitness center of the coalition's headquarters in Iraq.
-- -- Tremendous resources were were put into building these palaces.
Many of them are I just highlighted.
How egocentric Saddam Hussein was you know his initials -- all over the architecture.
For example but mostly Iraqi People never saw these places I never knew what was what went on there.
-- -- that -- what's Friday's quiet handover was all about one of the most remaining -- in returning Iraq's sovereignty.
It's military taking control -- but one -- the most strategically important races not just in this country.
But -- while the US held ace in the hole with the Middle East Brett.
-- I didn't -- I live in Baghdad early Saturday morning Donna thank you there was further.
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