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Weekend talking points: 7 top stories - December 16, 2011
What happened this week? The Iraq War ended. The Gingrich bubble popped. And the Golden Globe nominations kicked Oscar buzz into high gear
U.S. Troops leave Iraq REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal
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merica's nearly nine-year war in Iraq ended Thursday, with a quiet ceremony in Baghdad. "After a lot of blood spilled by Iraqis and Americans, the mission of an Iraq that could govern and secure itself has become real," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. The war cost the U.S. $800 million, and claimed the lives of 4,483 American soldiers. The question now: Will Iraqis remain U.S. allies or fall under the influence of Iran?

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