Obama Visits Troops to Mark End of Iraq War

Dec 14, 2011 9:56am
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President Obama will pay tribute to the end of the Iraq war today with a visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he will speak to troops about the year-end withdrawal.

In his first visit to the fort as president, Obama will “speak about the enormous sacrifices and achievements of the brave Americans who served in the Iraq War, and he will speak about the extraordinary milestone of bringing the war in Iraq to an end,” according to the White House. “Like many other military installations across this nation, during the war in Iraq, service members from Ft. Bragg – and their families – have provided remarkable service to our country through their deployments to Iraq.”

The event continues the president’s long goodbye to the war. Earlier this week he met with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House to discuss the future of the U.S.-Iraq relationship.

In a series of interviews with regional stations Tuesday, the president thanked the men and women in uniform and spoke about the need to continue to support troops and their families going forward. “It’s important for us to express our thanks in words, but it’s even more for us to express our thanks in deeds,” Obama told ABC’s WVEC.

After returning to the White House this afternoon, the president will attend a campaign event in Washington, D.C.,   this evening.

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