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Obama hails troops in muted Iraq war anniversary

US President Barack Obama speaks on March 15, 2013, in Illinois. Obama marked the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion on Tuesday by paying tribute to the "sacrifice" of US troops, but had few words for the Iraqi people.President Barack Obama marked the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion on Tuesday by paying tribute to the sacrifice of US troops, but steered clear of the debate over the war's aftermath. In a muted statement, issued on the eve of a visit to a Middle East much changed since his predecessor George W.