Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.More >>
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A visibly emotional German president apologized profoundly Friday for a massacre by German soldiers in a northwestern Greek village during World War II, at the end of a three-day visit that combined political talks...More >>
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Saudi Arabia has identified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group along with al-Qaida and other groups, warning those who join them or support them they could face five to 30 years in prison.More >>
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A Malaysian court on Friday found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and dealing a major blow to his hopes of contesting a local election this month.More >>
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(RNN) - The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks on the end of the Iraq War.
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end - for the sake of our national security and to strengthen American leadership around the world. After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011.
As commander-in-chief, ensuring the success of this strategy has been one of my highest national security priorities. Last year, I announced the end to our combat mission in Iraq. And to date, we've removed more than 100,000 troops. Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their country's security.
A few hours ago I spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. I reaffirmed that the U.S. keeps its commitments. He spoke of the determination of the Iraqi people to forge their own future. We are in full agreement about how to move forward.
So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over.
Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq - tens of thousands of them - will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. The last American soldier[s] will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. That is how America's military efforts in Iraq will end.
But even as we mark this important milestone, we're also moving into a new phase in the relationship between the U.S. and Iraq. As of Jan. 1, and in keeping with our Strategic Framework Agreement with Iraq, it will be a normal relationship between sovereign nations, an equal partnership based on mutual interests and mutual respect.
In today's conversation, Prime Minister Maliki and I agreed that a meeting of the Higher Coordinating Committee of the Strategic Framework Agreement will convene in the coming weeks. And I invited the prime minister to come to the White House in December, as we plan for all the important work that we have to do together. This will be a strong and enduring partnership. With our diplomats and civilian advisors in the lead, we'll help Iraqis strengthen institutions that are just, representative and accountable. We'll build new ties of trade and of commerce, culture and education, that unleash the potential of the Iraqi people. We'll partner with an Iraq that contributes to regional security and peace, just as we insist that other nations respect Iraq's sovereignty.
As I told Prime Minister Maliki, we will continue discussions on how we might help Iraq train and equip its forces - again, just as we offer training and assistance to countries around the world. After all, there will be some difficult days ahead for Iraq, and the U.S. will continue to have an interest in an Iraq that is stable, secure and self-reliant. Just as Iraqis have persevered through war, I'm confident that they can build a future worthy of their history as a cradle of civilization.
Here at home, the coming months will be another season of homecomings. Across America, our servicemen and women will be reunited with their families. Today, I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.
This December will be a time to reflect on all that we've been though in this war. I'll join the American people in paying tribute to the more than 1 million Americans who have served in Iraq. We'll honor our many wounded warriors and the nearly 4,500 American patriots - and their Iraqi and coalition partners - who gave their lives to this effort.
And finally, I would note that the end of war in Iraq reflects a larger transition. The tide of war is receding. The drawdown in Iraq allowed us to refocus our fight against al-Qaeda and achieve major victories against its leadership - including Osama bin Laden. Now, even as we remove our last troops from Iraq, we're beginning to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, where we've begun a transition to Afghan security in leadership. When I took office, roughly 180,000 troops were deployed in both these wars. And, by the end of this year, that number will be cut in half. And make no mistake: It will continue to go down.
Meanwhile, yesterday marked the definitive end of the Gadhafi regime in Libya. And there, too, our military played a critical role in shaping a situation on the ground in which the Libyan people can build their own future. Today, NATO is working to bring this successful mission to a close.
So to sum up, the U.S. is moving forward from a position of strength. The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year. The transition in Afghanistan is moving forward, and our troops are finally coming home. As they do, fewer deployments and more time training will help keep our military the very best in the world. And as we welcome home our newest veterans, we'll never stop working to give them and their families the care, the benefits and the opportunities that they have earned.
This includes enlisting our veterans in the greatest challenge that we now face as a nation - creating opportunity and jobs in this country. Because after a decade of war, the nation that we need to build - and the nation that we will build - is our own, an America that sees its economic strength restored just as we've restored our leadership around the globe.
Friday, March 7 2014 10:59 PM EST2014-03-08 03:59:18 GMT
Many people dread waiting in long lines at Tennessee Department of Safety driver centers, but a new plan could make that wait almost obsolete. On any given day, more than half of the people in line areMore >>
Many people dread waiting in long lines at Tennessee Department of Safety driver centers, but a new plan could make that wait almost obsolete.More >>
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People will gather this weekend for a "Ride for Holly Bobo" to show their support for the Bobo family. The event is set for Saturday as supporters drive from Lexington to the Decatur County Fairgrounds. AccordingMore >>
People will gather this weekend for a "Ride for Holly Bobo" to show their support for the Bobo family. The event is set for Saturday as supporters drive from Lexington to the Decatur County Fairgrounds. More >>
Isabelle Harrison scored 21 points, Meighan Simmons and Bashaara Graves each added 14 and No. 6 Tennessee used an overpowering late run to beat LSU 77-65 in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference...More >>
Isabelle Harrison scored 21 points, Meighan Simmons and Bashaara Graves each added 14 More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 8:39 PM EST2014-03-08 01:39:48 GMT
School leaders and sheriff's deputies in Cheatham County now say a middle school girl was never assaulted by a group of boys. On Thursday, Channel 4 News reported that the school district was looking intoMore >>
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Friday, March 7 2014 8:05 PM EST2014-03-08 01:05:59 GMT
A father rushing his infant son to the hospital Thursday night was the victim of road rage when another driver smashed his back window with a bottle. Timothy Barlow and his girlfriend were rushing theirMore >>
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Friday, March 7 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-03-08 00:28:17 GMT
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