President Obama today hailed the end of combat operations in Iraq, reports the AP, lauding Tuesday's milestone as a campaign promise fulfilled and another step toward Iraqi sovereignty. "As a candidate for this office, I pledged I would end this war. As president, that is what I am doing," he said.
"In the months ahead, our troops will continue to support and train Iraqi forces, partner with Iraqis in counterterrorism missions and protect our civilian and military efforts," said Obama in his weekly radio address. "The bottom line is this: The war is ending. Like any sovereign, independent nation, Iraq is free to chart its own course. And by the end of next year, all of our troops will be home."