Thanksgiving Comes Early for US Troops in Iraq

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Thanksgiving came a little early for U.S. soldiers in Iraq this year.

Troops at Camp Victory celebrated with a traditional Thanksgiving lunch on Sunday.

The military usually provides holiday meals for service men and women overseas. But this year the meal was served several days early because of the president's troop withdrawal.

The camp's canteen will soon be packed away and sent home along with most of the soldiers on base.

"It feels great to be going back home to my family," said Robert Jean, a U.S. soldier with 25th Infantry Division.

"I'm a little sad to leave Iraq because this is my fourth year that I have spent here, so part of me is here as part of my home," he added. "But my main home is with my family."
The White House plans to withdraw all 33,000 of its troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

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