Obama heralds end of divisive Iraq war

 


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heralded the end of the divisive Iraq war Monday, and warned Iraq's neighbors that the United States would remain a major player in the region even as it brings its troops home.

"Our strong presence in the Middle East endures," Obama said. "And the United States will never waver in the defense of our allies, our partners and our interests."

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

President Barack Obama listens as Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during a news conference in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, Monday.

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