The last remaining U.S. airmen left Iraq per the Iraq and U.S. 2008 Security Agreement that required all U.S. service members to be out of the country by Dec. 31, 2011. Since 2003, more than 1 million airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines have served in Iraq.
With the recent deaths of North Korean despot Kim Jong-il and Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, take a look back at some of the men whose iron grips on their countries regrettably shaped the 20th and 21st centuries.
After nearly nine years, the U.S. military mission in Iraq has come to a formal end as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recognized an "independent, free and sovereign Iraq" two weeks prior to the official Dec. 31 deadline for U.S. troops to leave the country. The following gallery is a photographic look back at the previous nine years of conflict, tragedy and loss throughout the war in Iraq.
It was a busy year around Washington, D.C., with the presidential election heating up, budgetary talks threatening to shut down the government, accusations and insults hurled in all directions and every now and then, something that didn't revolve around politics.
With championships won by the Packers, Cardinals, Bruins and Mavericks, possible lockouts and cancellations from both the NBA and NFL and a rejuvenated national interest in baseball, 2011 has been a year to remember, and how else to best remember the year than with the best photos from the past twelve months?
UPI photographer Stephen Shaver spends his time in China documenting the daily life, political events, natural beauty and many other elements of the rising global power. The following are select photographs from his many taken during 2011.
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