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Dec 15, 2011 9:44 PM by Maddie Garrett

Acadiana Soldier Looks Back at War in Iraq

After nearly nine years, the Iraq war officially came to an end Thursday. Top military officials lowered the flag used by U.S. forces in Baghdad, signifying the withdrawal of troops. Staff Sergeant Jaime Angelle, of Breaux Bridge, was one of those soldiers. He just returned to the U.S. from Baghdad at the end of November.

SSG Angelle said the end to the war in Iraq is a relief. He's part of the 25th Infantry Division, the last division to leave the country.

"The act of actually leaving was very smooth, very quiet and the way we wanted it to be," said SSG Angelle.

SSG Angelle said while their mission is complete, a dictator was toppled and democracy instilled, he said there is still unrest there.

"They have hope and that's something they didn't have before... But the country as a whole still has a long way to go, and that's going to be on the people of Iraq to take care of, there's only so much you can do," he explained.

A quiet exit is just how SSG Angelle said it should have been.

"It's their country now, so if we make a big spectacle out of it, we don't want to bring attention to ourselves, we want to bring attention to the people of Iraq," he said.

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