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U.S. officer in Iraq on historic mission

US army Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Brooks is on his third tour inIraq, but his mission has not been a typical one: as an army historian, he is charged with documenting the history of the Iraq war. On his latest deployment, Brooks, 48, is the command historian for United States Forces – Iraq (USF-I), making him the…

U.S. hands massive base over to Iraq

U.S. forces have handed Joint Base Balad, which was once one of the world’s busiest airports and housed some 36,000 personnel, over to Iraqi control, a US military spokesman said on Wednesday. “We handed over Joint Base Balad (JBB) yesterday,” the spokesman said, adding that at its peak, the base to the north…