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US warns Iraq of 'difficult days'

US President Barack Obama says US troops have withdrawn from Iraq's towns and cities on schedule, but he warned of "difficult days" ahead.

Mr Obama described Tuesday's handover to Iraqis as a milestone, but said the country's leaders would face "hard choices" on politics and security.

As Iraqis celebrated the US withdrawal, a car bomb in the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 27 people.

Jim Muir reports.


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