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Biden visits Iraq to mark end of war

11-30-2011 07:46 BJT

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US Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Baghdad in a visit to mark the end of the US war in Iraq.

Biden’s trip spotlights the fulfillment of a key pledge by President Barack Obama as he campaigns for re-election in 2012. Troops are to complete their withdrawal by year-end, winding down an unpopular war at a time when most Americans are preoccupied with the weak economy back home.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, shake hands with Gen.
Lloyd Austin, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, right, after
he arrived in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.

Biden will address US forces in a ceremony and also meet with Iraqi leaders before leaving on Thursday. Around 14-thousand-500 US troops are currently in Iraq, but nearly all will be gone by December 31st.

Obama decided to pull them out on schedule after failing to reach an agreement with Baghdad to leave several thousand in place. Only about 700 mostly civilian trainers will stay.

Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, right, looks on as U.S. Vice
President Joe Biden, left, shake hands with the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James
Jeffrey after he arrived, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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