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He's -- -- this morning to kick things off the war in Iraq officially over now Leon Panetta.
The secretary of defense making the end well known this morning in our own Wendell Goler is live for us at the White House.
With much more good morning to one.
Good morning Gretchen the president never said the words mission accomplished and there was no banner over his head when he visited Fort Bragg North Carolina yesterday but the visit was a reminder that he had delivered on -- campaign promise he made in 2008 to end the war in Iraq a war he believes distracted the country from a more pressing mission in Afghanistan.
The flag was lowered today in Baghdad and a ceremony that formally -- -- war the blasted more than eight and a half years.
The cost the lives of 4500.
American servicemen and women left at least 30000 more wounded in financial terms the cost was close to a trillion dollars Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reflected on the cost.
At the ceremony this morning.
To be sure.
The cost was high.
The blood and treasure.
Of the United States.
And -- -- for the Iraqi People.
But the guys have not been lost in very.
They gave birth.
To an independent.
And sovereign -- On Monday President Obama and Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al -- he placed a wreath at Arlington national cemetery to honor the sacrifices of American servicemen and women -- -- the US but he had earlier rejected the terms the administration set for keeping a small US force in Iraq that they keep the immunity from Iraqi -- that they currently enjoy.
Only about 4000 troops left in Iraq down from a high of a 170000.
-- -- 2007.
Virtually all of that 4000 will be -- in time for Christmas.
The president says he believes that.
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