December 18, 2011 There were a lot of lasts at Contingency Operating Base Adder in southern Iraq as U.S. troops prepared to leave: the last briefing, the last patrol, the last hot meal. The base was the main staging ground for all troops exiting the country, and it was the last U.S. base to close.
December 18, 2011 Homemade bombs became the weapon of choice for the insurgency in Iraq. The U.S. has officially declared the end of the war, but one lasting legacy will be how the improvised explosive device, or IED, changed the way the military thinks about warfare.
December 18, 2011 The American military contingent in Iraq is being replaced by a huge diplomatic contingent. All together, some 16,000 diplomats and private contractors will be working at the embassy in Baghdad and at consulates in Iraq, making it the largest such operation in any country.
December 16, 2011 When 30,000 additional U.S. troops entered Iraq in 2007, the tide of the war turned. The surge was widely credited — but was it the only cause, or even the main one? Some argue that Iraq's Sunnis had already decided to work with the U.S. rather than fight against it, and that this changed the course of the war.