by Channel 2 News staff
Saturday, January 23, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped up nearly seven years in Iraq Saturday, handing over duties to the U.S. Army.
The transfer of power begins a series of withdrawals of U.S. troops in Iraq. During a ceremony, the Marines formally handed over control of the country's largest province, Sunni-dominated Anbar, to the Army.
If all goes as planned, the last remaining Marines will be followed out by thousands of soldiers in the coming months. President Obama has ordered all but 50,000 troops out of Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010.
One Anchorage Marine says he was deployed to Iraq twice, and he noticed a change between his first and second trips there.