Last U.S. Troops Leave Iraq, Ending Bloodiest U.S. War Since Vietnam


Dr. Moyad lives in Dorra, a neighborhood that used to be an al Qaeda stronghold. It was also one of the first areas that the United States tried to target Saddam Hussein at the beginning of the war. Moyad braved risks to help the U.S. military when it entered Dorra during some of Iraq's darkest days.

He survived and today he is thriving. He is building a hospital and says other families in the neighborhood are jealous of his success and his closeness with multiple American leaders, including former Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus.

But even he senses struggle just below the surface. There is not enough electricity to run his hospital, he says. Bureaucracy and outdated laws are preventing him from hiring foreign experts. Corruption is endemic. And he argues there has been no long-term political reconciliation that would allow for the possibility of sectarian strife.

"The government of Iraq is too young and inexperienced to be driving the car of Iraq," he says. "It's a good car, but we do not have a good driver."

Troops Come Home

As the U.S. departed Iraq, a line of more than 100 U.S. vehicles, and nearly 500 soldiers headed out to make history.

Some of the soldiers were on their fourth deployments to Iraq, but many more on their first.

A significant number of the soldiers were just children when the war began.

As the troops crossed the border they were greeted with the rising sun in Kuwait.

"I'm very proud of what we've been able to accomplish since I've been here, and my time here, my first deployment, it's nice to be going home, especially before the holidays," said Specialist David Trudeau.

ABC News' Martha Raddatz contributed to this report.

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