12/20/2011 02:51 pm ET | Updated Dec 23, 2011

Home From Iraq: Soldier Homecomings (PHOTOS)

After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead and 100,000 Iraqi dead, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq - a conflict that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said was worth the American sacrifice because it set Iraq on a path to democracy.

Leaving Iraq, Welcome Home Troops!

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