Obama: US troops leaving Iraq with heads held high

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is declaring that U.S. troops are leaving Iraq this month "with honor and with their heads held high."

Obama calls this a "historic moment" as the war in Iraq is ending after nearly nine years.

Obama spoke at a news conference Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. All U.S. troops are scheduled to withdraw from Iraq by Dec. 31.

The president says the U.S. leaves behind a sovereign and self-reliant Iraq. He says the removal of troops begins a new chapter in the relationship between the two countries.

Obama tells al-Maliki that Iraq will not stand alone as it faces its future. He says Iraq has an enduring partner in the United States.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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