President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct 21, 2011, address the status of U.S. forces in Iraq. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 21, 2011 12:55:33 AM PDT
By BEN FELLER
President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all American troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.