Obama calls for US to "turn the page" as troops withdraw

President formally ends war in Iraq, lauding "huge price" paid by the US.

President Obama formally ended the war in Iraq last night, saying that the US had paid a "huge price" to "put Iraq's future in its people's hands".

In a rare Oval Office address, he said it was time for America to "turn the page", seven years and 165 days after the beginning of the invasion.

He said that the US would continue to support Iraq's government and people, but said that: "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country."

Obama said that the "most urgent task" now facing America was to restore the economy.

Although violence in Iraq is down from its peak several years ago, it continues. Six months after the election, Iraqi politicians have yet to form a coalition.