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Obama honours troops to mark end of Iraq war

14 December 2011, 16:12


President Barack Obama will Wednesday embrace returning troops and seek to turn the page on the divisive, bloody and costly period of modern US history stained by the Iraq war.

He will pay homage to military sacrifices and seek to move Americans towards a future unclouded by major foreign land wars and urge them to join an effort to rebuild the country's recession-hammered economy, officials said.

Obama, who rose to power opposing the Iraq war, told a Virginia television station Tuesday he would express "incredible pride in those men and women" who gave "millions of Iraqis the chance to live in freedom."

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