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 President Barack Obama explain about Iraq

Tonight marks the end of the American combat mission in Iraq.

As a candidate for this office, I pledged to end this war responsibly. And, as President, that is what I am doing.

Since I became Commander-in-Chief, we've brought home nearly 100,000 U.S. troops. We've closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of our bases.

As Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, our commitment to a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq continues. Under Operation New Dawn, a transitional force of U.S. troops will remain to advise and assist Iraqi forces, protect our civilians on the ground, and pursue targeted counterterrorism efforts.

By the end of next year, consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, these men and women, too, will come home.

Ending this war is not only in Iraq's interest -- it is in our own. Our nation has paid a huge price to put Iraq's future in the hands of its people. We have sent our men and women in uniform to make enormous sacrifices. We have spent vast resources abroad in the face of several years of recession at home.

We have met our responsibility through the courage and resolve of our women and men in uniform.

In seven years, they confronted a mission as challenging and as complex as any our military has ever been asked to face.

Nearly 1.5 million Americans put their lives on the line. Many returned for multiple tours of duty, far from their loved ones who bore a heroic burden of their own. And most painfully, more than 4,400 Americans have given their lives, fighting for people they never knew, for values that have defined our people for more than two centuries.

What their country asked of them was not small. And what they sacrificed was not easy.

For that, each and every American owes them our heartfelt thanks.

Our promise to them -- to each woman or man who has donned our colors -- is that our country will serve them as faithfully as they have served us. We have already made the largest increase in funding for veterans in decades. So long as I am President, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill that sacred trust.

Tonight, we mark a milestone in our nation's history. Even at a time of great uncertainty for so many Americans, this day and our brave troops remind us that our future is in our own hands and that our best days lie ahead.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

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The BBC loses a legal fight in the High Court to stop publication of a book which claims to reveal the identity of Top Gear's driver The Stig.

Report on Burma's Corrupt Taxation Launched In Bangkok

1 September 2010: Thailand-based ND-Burma (Network for Human Rights Documentation - Burma) has today revealed an insightful account of the military regime's corrupt and brutal system of taxation and its devastating impacts on the people of Burma at a press conference held at FCCT (Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand) in Bangkok.
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Canadian Parties Back UN Inquiry in Burma

1 Sept 2010: Canada’s ruling Conservative government is under pressure from the opposition parties to formally endorse the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry into alleged international crimes in Burma.
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KIO Calls for Free and Fair Election

Concluding its party congress, the Kachin Independence Organization calls on the Burmese junta to conduct the Nov. 7 election in a free and fair manner.

Floods in Pegu Force Residents to Flee

Thousands of people in Pegu have sought refuge in schools and temples after heavy rain and floods forced them from their homes.

Ethnic Political Parties Fielding Candidates

Several ethnic political parties believe that they will win numerous seats in the new national and regional parliaments and are competing for every parliamentary seat in many ethnic constituencies.

Taxes Crippling Burmese People, Says Report

There are subsistence farmers in Burma paying more than half their income in taxes while the ruling generals divert state funds into their own pockets, says a report.

British FM Says Bumese Junta Must be Held Accountable

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says Burma's military leaders must be held accountable for their human rights violations.
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The new boss of one of Vietnam's largest state-owned companies has been suspended less than a month after the chairman of the debt-laden ship building conglomerate was arrested on charges of mismanagement.

Junta's Strategic Election Moves

The candidate nomination period for Burma's 2010 election closed on Monday, and the deadline for candidates who want to withdraw their application is Sept. 3.
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