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Obama says troops to leave Iraq by year’s end

President Obama announced US withdrawal plans at a press conference yesterday but said “there will be some difficult days ahead for Iraq and the United States will continue to have an interest in an Iraq that is stable . . . and self-reliant.’’ President Obama announced US withdrawal plans at a press conference yesterday but said “there will be some difficult days ahead for Iraq and the United States will continue to have an interest in an Iraq that is stable . . . and self-reliant.’’ (Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg News)
By Mark Landler
New York Times / October 22, 2011

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President Obama said yesterday that the last U.S. soldier would leave Iraq by the end of the year, bringing to an end a nearly nine-year military engagement that cost the lives of 4,400 troops and more than $1 trillion, divided the U.S. public, and came to define America’s role in the world. Obama said that as of Jan. 1, the United States and Iraq would begin “a normal relationship between two sovereign nations, and equal partnership based on mutual interest and mutual respect.’’

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