Conflict & Justice

U.S. withdrawal from Iraq: by the numbers


U.S. Army soldiers from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, wait to load onto their armored vehicles as they prepare to convoy to Kuwait from Camp Adder in Iraq on December 7, 2011 at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. After seven months in Iraq, the 3rd Brigade is pulling out of the country as part of America's military exodus by the end of December after eight years of war and occupation which included the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.


Joe Raedle

The U.S. military is continuing its withdrawal from Iraq following 8 years of war, in one of the biggest redeployments of American troops since World War II.

The army is expecting to meet President Obama’s goal of getting the American soldiers home by Christmas.  Only 8,000 troops remain on just five American bases - down from more than 500 bases at the war's height.

With most of the heavy machinery and cooking supplies already dispatched to Kuwait and back to the U.S., the remaining American soldiers are living off bottled water and pre-packaged MREs on their way out of the country.

“There were a lot of amenities offered by the installation. All of that is gone,” one American soldier told Al-Jazeera English. “There’s no Taco Bell, no Burger King,”

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So how does the U.S. redeploy a massive army that once numbered 170,000 troops with equipment?  And how much does it cost?  

Here's a look at some of the numbers: