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Monday, August 02, 2010

President Obama heralds end of combat in Iraq - Carol E. Lee - POLITICO.com

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President Obama heralds end of combat in Iraq - Carol E. Lee - POLITICO.com

ATLANTA, Ga. – President Barack Obama takes the first steps of a U.S. victory lap on the war in Iraq Monday.

In a speech at the national convention of Disabled American Veterans, the President will pay tribute to Iraq war veterans, men and women whom he believes have “faced the greatest test in the history of our all-volunteer force,” according to advance exerpts of his remarks. Obama will not declare “Mission Accomplished,” as his predecessor President George W. Bush did, but he will declare the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, as the war has been called since the U.S. invasion in March 2003.

In his speech the president will stress that the end of U.S. combat missions in Iraq on August 31 will mark a key “transition” in the seven-year conflict, the onset of a phase dubbed Operation New Dawn. Yet he will caution that requisite military action in Iraq will continue to strain the lives of Americans until all U.S. troops are pulled out by December 2011.

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