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Marines exit Iraq in first wave of forces out

By Lara Jakes - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jan 18, 2010 5:26:10 EST

AL-ASAD, Iraq — The base loudspeaker no longer wakes them up with calls for blood donors; armored trucks sit idle in neat rows. The Marines who stood at some of the bloodiest turning points of the Iraq war are packing up and leaving.

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