President Obama all but declared victory in Iraq Tuesday, telling U.S. troops during a surprise visit to Camp Victory that they had given the Arab nation an opportunity to stand on its own as a democratic country. That, he said, is an extraordinary achievement.
“Here’s a couple things I want to say. Number one, thank you,” the president bellowed as he addressed troops at a stopover at the tail end of a marathon overseas trip.
Obama said the next 18 months are critical to the mission. U.S. troops are expected to be out of the country by the end of 2010. Read more about Obama’s trip here.
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