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Iraqis React to President Obama's Speech

written by Matt Elliott
on September 02, 2010

"I was busy with my broken generator. I want Obama to give us power instead of words."

After President Obama's speech on Tuesday that marked the end of the U.S. combat operations in Iraq, The New York Times got the reaction of Iraqis in Mosul, Basra, and two neighborhoods in Baghdad. While many people in the United States are generally happy and relieved to see many of our troops heading home and the war winding down, the reaction in Iraq is much different. After more than seven years of war, the general themes expressed in their quotes are a mix of distrust, frustration and trepidation.

Read the story to get a sense of how the people in three Iraqi cities feel as the U.S. begins to withdraw.

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