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Obama Urges Iraqis to Take Larger Role in Controlling Country

In an unannounced trip to Iraq Tuesday President Obama met with national leaders, urging the Iraqis to take a larger role in controlling the country and reiterating his pledge to have all military personnel out of the country by 2011. Kwame Holman reports.

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    Our lead story: President Obama wrapped up his overseas trip with an unannounced four-hour stop in Iraq today. While there, he thanked U.S. troops for their service and repeated his pledge to bring them all home by the end of 2011.

    NewsHour correspondent Kwame Holman has our report.


    The president was greeted by some 600 troops at Camp Victory, the main U.S. military base in Iraq. They were loudly enthusiastic throughout Mr. Obama's remarks, notably when he said the time had come for the Iraqis to take responsibility for their country.

    BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States: This is going to be a critical period, these next 18 months. I was just discussing this with your commander, but I think it's something that all of you know. It is time for us to transition to the Iraqis. They…

    They need to take responsibility for their country and for their sovereignty.