Obama heralds end of divisive Iraq war

President Barack Obama and Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shake hands in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. ((AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster))

December 12, 2011 2:41:57 PM PST
President Barack Obama heralded the end of the divisive Iraq war Monday, and warned Iraq's neighbors that the United States would remain a major player in the region even as it brings its troops home.