Obama visiting Fort Bragg to mark end of Iraq war

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WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is marking the coming end to the Iraq war with a tribute to the troops who fought and died in a conflict he opposed from the start.

Accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, the president travels Wednesday to Fort Bragg in North Carolina to address service members and their families. At a base that’s seen more than 200 deaths over nearly nine years of fighting in Iraq, Obama will highlight the human side of the war that he’s bringing to a close, reflecting on the bravery and sacrifices of U.S. forces now on their way back home.

All U.S. troops will be out of Iraq Dec. 31, though Obama has pledged the U.S. will continue to help the country as it faces an uncertain future.