Withdrawl from Iraq

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2014

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The withdraw of American troops from Iraq and their repackaging in Kuwait. Shot for Bloomberg magazine.

Spc Ramon Dodson of the 1st infantry division steps down after loading pieces of body armor from his unit into a shipping container. More than 100,000 humans died because of the war in Iraq, according to leaked pentagon documents, including almost 4500 US soldiers.

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Boxes of unused target paper are repositioned to a more optimal shipping container by members of the 1st Cavalry out of fort hood. Often the US Military was fighting unseen guerrilla enemies and opaque political alliances.

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The American military is retreating from the Iraq war after more than 100,000 humans died, according to leaked pentagon documents. And cost more than $1 trillion, according to Obama.

A soldier for the 1st Cavalry returning to Fort Hood waits on a generator after cataloging the electronic equipment from her unit. One of the soldiers joked he would be nostalgic for the computer screen that he stared at almost every day during his deployment.

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Under a large temporary shelter, smaller pieces of electronics such as radios are sorted, counted, wrapped, and placed in containers for shipment. The whole process can take from 3 to 10 days. The US invasion was promoted on the idea that it would be a quick war where superior weapons and technology would quickly overpower and pacify the country.

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The US military is withdrawing from Iraq after it launched the invasion in 2003 based on claims of weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda ties that turned out not to exist.

A soldier for the 1st Cavalry returning to Fort Hood re-arranges boxes between cargo containers as the military is withdrawing from Iraq.

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Rows and rows of shipping containers for repositioned units stand out from the flat desert that is Fort Virginia Kuwait. The US military is allowed to position forces in non-perminant structures across Kuwait, in exchange the US provides security guarantees, and guarded shipping lanes for Kuwaiti ships through the Persian Gulf.

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Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles wait in the RPAT yard of Fort Virginia, Kuwait. MRAPs were designed after the original Humvees and transport trucks used to enter Iraq were found to be easily disabled by guerrilla tactics when on patrol. The top-heavy MRAP design isn't well suited to the rougher roads of Afghanistan though.

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Spare tires that were extracted from Iraq are piled in the 4-corners RPAT yard, the first station as a unit turns in equipment for repositioning from the war in Iraq.

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Major General Thomas Richardson stands in the headquarters of his logistical command center where he coordinates the intake and distribution of leftover equipment from the war in Iraq.

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A soldier for the 1st Cavalry returning to Fort Hood peaks inside a container as they are withdrawing from Iraq to Fort Virginia in Kuwait.

The American military is retreating from the Iraq war after more than 100,000 humans died, according to leaked pentagon documents. And cost more than $1 trillion, according to Obama.

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