Photo Gallery: America Ends Its Mission in Iraq
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Photo Gallery: America Ends Its Mission in Iraq

The World from Berlin Without Iraq 'Arab Spring May Have Broken Out Earlier'

The US has officially declared the war in Iraq to be over with a flag-casing ceremony in Baghdad. President Barack Obama said that America was leaving behind a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq." German commentators ask if the conflict, which lasted almost nine years, was worth the toll.
-- David Gordon Smith