Thursday 23 November 2017

President Obama marks end of Iraq war with speech in North California

US President Barack Obama. Photo: Getty Images
US President Barack Obama. Photo: Getty Images reporters

US President Barack Obama has marked the end of the Iraq war with a "welcome home" for troops.

He also paid tribute to the troops who had served in the conflict – both those who died and returned home.

More than 200 soldiers based in Fort Bragg, North California died during the war which lasted nearly nine-years.

"As your commander in chief and on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words - welcome home, welcome home, welcome home," he said to the cheering troops.

The last soldiers are expected to leave Iraq within the next few days.

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