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Thursday, December 15, 2011
One war is over
US President Barack Obama has marked the end of the war in Iraq with a speech in which he welcomed home thousands of US troops.
Addressing soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the 82nd Airborne Division, Mr Obama stopped short of declaring victory in Iraq but called the winding down of the conflict "an extraordinary achievement".
"It is harder to end a war than to begin one," he told about 3,000 soldiers gathered in an airplane hangar as they punctuated his speech with cheers and hollers.