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Obama's 'me time'


President Obama has announced that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of this year. The US had tried to persuade Iraq to agree not to prosecute any American soldiers who stayed behind, but they failed. The BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell considers the effect of the fallout from that decision on the president's re-election chances.

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