"Sons Of Iraq" Leave US Payroll

12/12/2008 04:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Ned Parker and Tina Susman Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Baghdad -- The young man stamped his foot, the customary salute to higher officers, handed over his torn identification card and signed his name in a ledger. He pressed a thumbprint in blue ink next to it, and an Iraqi military officer handed him a fat roll of pink-and-green dinar notes.

He counted the money and handed back the change.

So began the final step Monday in an important transition for the Sunni paramilitary fighters known as the Sons of Iraq, who previously had been paid by the U.S. military.

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