The War in Iraq has officially come to an end, according to the Department of Defense. Secretary of Defense Leona Panetta leads a ceremony in Baghdad marking the formal end of America’s war in Iraq. Almost nine years after the first U.S. tanks crossed the Iraqi border, and approximately eight years and seven months after President George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished,” the Pentagon declared an official end to the Iraq War today. The U.S. invaded the Middle Eastern country and captured Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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