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Last 155th soldiers return from Iraq

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The final members of 155th Brigade Combat Team are back from Iraq.

The brigade deployed a year ago with 3500 Mississippi Guard soldiers and others from across the country.

The final group, including unit commander Brig. Gen. Augustus Leon Collins, had been expected to arrive earlier in the week but there flight was delayed.

The Sunday death of Kuwait's emir had temporarily grounded all flights in and out of Kuwait.

About 75 members of the brigade landed in Gulfport today. The others had arrived in waves since just before Christmas.

The return marked the end of the largest Mississippi deployment since World War II.

The 155th lost 24 members in Iraq. Fourteen were Mississippi Guardsmen.

The group that arrived Thursday was a mixture of soldiers from across Mississippi and the country.

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