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Packing Up

Getting out of Iraq is a massive logistical endeavor. As the military closes bases and brings troops home before the Obama Administration's Dec. 31 deadline, the army has been moving millions of pieces of equipment out of the country. Much of this equipment will pass through Fort Virginia in Kuwait before heading to its final destination.

After more than eight years of war, the tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and helicopters will get a good scrub down in Kuwait and go through a customs inspection. Some will be shipped back to U.S. bases. Armored trucks will go to Afghanistan; generators will go to U.S. Marines in Bahrain. Some unwanted support equipment will go to U.S. cities, and the rest will be incinerated in scrap yards.

Photographs by David Degner for Bloomberg Businessweek

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