• The last commander of U.S. forces in Iraq returns to the United States carrying the command flag that flew over Baghdad.

  • General Lloyd Austin, who oversaw the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Iraq, is scheduled to be met by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden shortly after noon EST at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington.

  • The pullout was the fulfillment of an election pledge by Obama to bring troops home from a conflict inherited from his predecessor George W. Bush