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While the war in Iraq is officially over.
The US military today formally ended the nearly nine year conflict in Iraq during a ceremony at Baghdad International Airport.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin was there.
And filed this story.
Secretary of defense Leon Panetta arrived from Afghanistan to end the Iraq War.
A simple ceremony at the Baghdad airport.
-- case the colors and to mark the completion of nearly nine years of war.
US lives were lost here more than 30000 US troops were wounded and more than 100000 Iraqis died as a result.
The war cost the taxpayer nearly one trillion dollars it'll be left to the historians to decide what's it worth it.
At 5:34 AM on March 20 2003 the bombs started dropping on Baghdad the Iraq War had officially begun.
At its height 170000.
US troops served here at 500 -- spread out across the country.
Now there -- just two bases left and 4000 troops in a matter of days those two will be -- To be sure.
The cost was -- and the blood and treasure.
Of the United States.
And also hope for the Iraqi People.
But the guys have not been lost in -- They gave birth.
To an independent.
-- -- -- The war began with shock and off it ended with a simple ceremony.
US military involvement in Iraq has ended the Iraq War is now over.
In Baghdad Jennifer Griffin Fox News.
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