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Obama: It's time to turn the page

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- In a nationwide address from the Oval Office, President Obama says he knows the war in Iraq has been controversial and the end of America's combat role in Iraq means "it's time to turn the page."

Obama called the step a final turning point in one of the country's longest wars. He also called on Iraq's leaders to move forward "with a sense of urgency" to form a new government that he says must be representative and accountable to its people.

Obama said he called former President George W. Bush, who began the war with the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. Obama, an anti-war activist, said that he and Bush had disagreed about the war but there was no doubt about Bush's support for U.S. troops, his love of country or commitment to America's security.

Early Tuesday morning at Fort Buss Army Bas in Texas, President Obama told soldiers that there is still a lot of work to do in Iraq.

"I'm going to make a speech to the nation tonight.  It's not going to be a victory lap.  It's not going to be self-congratulatory," President Obama said. "There's still a lot of work that we've got to do to make sure that Iraq is an effective partner with us.  But the fact of the matter is that because of the extraordinary service that all of you have done, and so many people here at Fort Bliss have done, Iraq has an opportunity to create a better future for itself, and America is more secure."


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