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President Obama on End of U.S. Combat Mission in Iraq Iraqi people now have responsibility for security of their country

August 31, 2010

Transcript: Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on the End of Combat Operations in Iraq.

The President: Good evening. Tonight, I'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in Iraq, the ongoing security challenges we face, and the need to rebuild our nation here at home.

I know this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans. We've now been through nearly a decade of war. We've endured a long and painful recession. And sometimes in the midst of these storms, the future that we're trying to build for our nation a future of lasting peace and long-term prosperity may seem beyond our reach... (more)