Last updated: 30 june, 2009 - 11:30 GMT

An American family's grief

United States combat troops are in the process of leaving the streets of Iraq's major cities.

They are returning to their bases as a prelude to a full withdrawal by the end of 2011.

Many in Iraq will be celebrating, but what does it symbolise for the families of the more than 4,000 US servicemen and women killed since the invasion?

Two and a half years ago, the BBC's Washington correspondent, James Coomarasamy, visited Angela and Nubbin Johnston from Windthorst in northern Texas just after their 21-year-old son had been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

James has been back to Windthorst to hear the Johnston's perspective on the troop withdrawal.

The BBC's James Coomarasamy with Angela and Nubbin Johnston, of Windthorst, Texas

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First broadcast 29 June 2009

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