Obama Announces Total Iraq Troop Withdrawal

The president says the troops will be home for the holidays. 

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The Iraq War, one of the longest and most divisive in American history, is coming to a close. All U.S. troops will be withdrawn from the country by year's end, President Barack Obama announced today at a White House briefing.

MSNBC reports:

"As promised the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over," Obama said.

"Today I can say that troops in Iraq will be home for the holidays," Obama said.

More than 4,400 American military members have been killed, and another 2,000 wounded since the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003. 

Obama said the United States will have a "strong and enduring partnership" with Iraq after pullout of troops.

Read more at MSNBC.

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