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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