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Ceremony at Camp Victory honors Iraq war sacrifices

(Khalid Mohammed/Associated Press)
By Mark Landler
New York Times / December 2, 2011
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As the United States prepared to turn over this optimistically named military base to Iraq, leaders of both countries held a solemn commemoration here yesterday of the sacrifices of U.S. and Iraqi troops during eight years of war, marking the moment in a garish marble palace built by Saddam Hussein. With verses from the Quran and the words of President Harry S. Truman, Iraq’s top officials and Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to each other’s soldiers, pledged friendship, and celebrated an orderly departure.

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