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At long last it is over a ceremony today to mark the end of the Iraq War President Obama and the vice president Joseph Biden at joint base Andrews in Marilyn's.
To observe the return of the United States forces Iraq colors.
That's the flag soldiers lowered from a staff -- it in Baghdad last week.
The last US combat troops rolled out of Iraq over the weekend and ended our nine years of war.
Wendell Goler is on the north wall on this after -- the troops are actually -- I guess couple weeks earlier than we even thought -- -- going to be home -- -- -- Shepperd once it became clear that the Iraqis were going to.
Allow them to stay into next year a few thousand to stay -- the next year by extending their immunity from prosecution.
The Obama administration decided it was going to wait till two years the actually get the troops home for Christmas what's the servicemen and women.
The president greeted the returning military leadership the generals.
As their plane landed at joint base Andrews which is the home of Air Force One.
The last commander of US forces in Iraq general Lloyd Austin later said the troops have accomplished their mission.
And he remembered those who didn't come home.
And to the families of our follow.
Our goals are forums.
Our nation owes you a debt of gratitude that it can never -- right.
Please know that we share in your laws.
And that you'll always be a part of our program.
-- a 4500.
Servicemen and women were killed in Iraq that's US servicemen and women 30000 were wounded ship while.
President didn't speak there but did speak later.
He did -- his aides said the ceremony wasn't about him it was about.
The troops -- served in Iraq so we didn't speak there but later he showed up unannounced during a Press Secretary Jay Carney briefing any actually.
Referred to the ceremonies saying people would put their lives on the line in Iraq.
We're counting on congress to do the right thing about the payroll tax cut here's a bit of what he had to say.
Put politics aside.
Put aside issues where there are fundamental disagreements.
And come together.
On something we agree on.
And let's not play brinksmanship.
The American people are wary of it they're tired out.
They expect about it.
Presidents that lawmakers on Capitol Hill could learn something from the men and women who served in Iraq Jeff.
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