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Obama makes unannounced visit to Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq. - President Barack Obama is telling U.S. troops in Iraq that the time to "transition to the Iraqis" has come.

He made a surprise visit to Iraq on his way home from his European trip. Obama met with Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, at Camp Victory, which is the largest U.S. military facility in the country.

Hundreds of American troops cheered as Obama told them that the Iraqis need to take responsibility for their country.

The president says he decided to stop in Iraq on his way home to Washington to thank the troops for their extraordinary work.

Obama wants to help Iraq settle outstanding issues

President Barack Obama says his presence in Iraq might help settle some unresolved issues before national elections in December.

Among those issues are power-sharing between Shiites and Sunnis, and how to distribute oil revenues.

Obama says it's important for the U.S. to encourage Iraq's leaders to resolve the issues and that he thinks his presence there Tuesday can help do that.

Obama is making his first visit to the Iraq war zone as commander in chief.

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