Anxious Iraq braces for violence as U.S. leaves
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden as Iraqi President Jalal Talabani looks on Dec. 1, 2011 in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
It began nine years ago with what the Pentagon called "shock and awe." And it ended Thursday with humble words. The vice president of the United States slipped into Baghdad unannounced to hand over the U.S. military headquarters to Iraq following nearly a decade of war.
Correspondent Jim Axelrod covered the beginning of the Iraq war for CBS News and was in Baghdad for the ceremonies Thursday. He reported on the country's uncertain future.
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