Link : http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1214/iraq_uspolitics.html
US President Barack Obama has marked the end of the war in Iraq with a speech in which he welcomed home thousands of US troops.
The war, which lasted nearly nine years, killed 4,500 US troops and at least 60,000 Iraqis.
According to the President Obama, the war will have cost more than $1 trillion.
He said that the Americans were leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people.