US troops celebrate last Thanksgiving in Iraq

By REBECCA SANTANA | November 24, 2011 | 1:55 PM EST

COS ECHO, Iraq (AP) — American troops are celebrating their last Thanksgiving in Iraq with turkey, stuffing and an incoming rocket alarm.

Fewer than 20,000 American troops remain in Iraq at eight bases across the country.

All of the forces must be out of Iraq by the end of this year, and American troops have been busily packing up their equipment and heading south.

Many of the bases no longer have civilian contractors making meals for them, so the troops have been eating prepackaged meals.

At COS Echo in southern Iraq, the soldiers marked the occasion with a special meal including turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

But the noon meal was marred by an alarm signaling incoming fire at the base. It was unclear if anything hit.