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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