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KUWAIT 19 AUGUST 2010:  Soldiers of the 4/2 Strykers Brigade (clockwise from left ) Major Kevin James, Captain Gabriela Niss, PFC Wesley Milbrandt and PFC Nicholas Kelly relax in a Starbucks coffee shop at Camp Virginia airbase in Kuwait after their gruelling journey out of Iraq as part of the US end of combat oerations.  Iraq is preparing after US President Barack Obama has confirmed the end of all combat operations in the country by 31 August..Some 50,000 of 65,000 US troops currently in Iraq are set to remain until the end of 2011 to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests.The remaining 50,000 troops will stay in the country in order to train Iraqi security forces, conduct counterterrorism operations and provide civilians with ongoing security, said Mr Obama..An agreement negotiated with the Iraqis in 2008 states that these troops must be gone from the country by the end of next year. pic Graham Crouch/The Guardian
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