Obama marking end of Iraq war

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) ? President Barack Obama is marking the end of the Iraq war, telling troops that the U.S. is peacefully leaving behind a stable nation and closing “one of the most extraordinary chapters in the history of the American military.”

The president and first lady Michelle Obama are in Fort Bragg in North Carolina to pay tribute to the troops who fought and died in Iraq.

Obama says “there is something profound about the end of a war that has lasted so long.” He notes that many of the soldiers at Fort Bragg were in grade school.

All U.S. troops are to be out of Iraq by December 31, though Obama has pledged the U.S. will continue to help Iraq.