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President who won election promising to get US troops out of Iraq.
Today is marking the formal end of combat operations.
President Obama will speak today to the nation in two hours earlier today he warmed up by talking to troops in taxes.
With -- coverage tonight correspondent Molly Henneberg looks back at some of president Obama's comments about the war.
But we begin with senior White House correspondent Major Garrett on a momentous day.
The commander in chief could even measured.
Good evening -- the White House says the president doesn't want -- re litigate the war in Iraq the enormous cost in blood and treasure.
The fight with congressional Republicans over the bush -- surge.
-- -- political results the war is created in Iraq and the mismanagement of the war that created the need for the surge in the first place -- today and tonight the focus will be on what US forces.
Principally military but also diplomatic have accomplished in Iraq and the work.
That lies ahead.
Our combat phase is over.
But we've worked too hard.
The continuing work been asked to be done by our civilians.
And the mind those transitional forces -- The troops President Obama met today at Fort Bliss -- -- pass or heading to Iraq soon part of nearly 50000.
That will remain until at least next spring.
-- armed and trained all will be ready to fight the special forces whose numbers haven't been cut at all we'll still hunt al-Qaeda and other insurgent.
We're still gonna be going after terrorists.
In those areas and so our counterterrorism operations are still going to be conducted jointly.
In his prime time Oval Office address tonight mr.
Obama will -- the success in the bush -- surge in Iraq.
A military maneuver he opposed in the senate and as a candidate for the presidency.
President will mention that -- men and women into Iraq improve the security situation.
There's no doubt about that the house Republican leader John Boehner said mr.
Obama and other democratic opponents of the surge cannot rewrite history now some leaders.
Who -- criticized and fought tooth and nail to stop the surge strategy.
Now proudly claim credit for the results meanwhile the political stalemate between political rivals and former prime ministers in Iraq Nouri Al-Maliki and I had a lot week continues with no end in sight.
This political limbo has not triggered waves of sectarian violence -- attacks have risen recently -- -- -- down from their highs in 2007.
Defense Secretary Gates brought in by former President Bush will be make US policy in Iraq warned against triumphal -- This is not a time for.
Premature victory parade -- self congratulations.
We still have a job duties and responsibilities.
Among them helping maintain security prod Iraqis toward political compromise monitor possible meddling from Iran and assist with rebuilding.
A former ambassador to Iraq said America must avoid the temptation to leave that country to its own device.
It's we have the prospect.
A stable moralistic and democratic Iraq kept a hurt but the Middle East.
As long as we don't lose interest and focus.
Maintaining interest and focus however may be difficult until last week the president hasn't spoken very much about Iraq putting most of his attention on the other theater of battle in Afghanistan if there's an implicit message in tonight's speech.
Tying the two together.
It's that the president's timetable in Iraq his work and actually create -- pocket of patients.
For more full and balance the valuation of is still a -- -- strategy in Afghanistan.
Imagine spokeswoman for Texas Republican governor Rick Perry says the governor was denied a meeting with the president while he was down there for blessed working tell us about that.
Meeting with sought for the governor to express the president personally his concern about the increasing violence along the US Mexico border as it relates to Texas particularly El Paso.
Well the White House says is governor Perry's request was met with they promise to meet with the Homeland Security Secretary General -- tunnel in the -- top counterterrorism and homeland security adviser John Brennan.
Governor Perry turn that down.
The White House says he wants to talk you can talk to those 21 and then maybe later the president.
-- OK major thank you.
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