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Locals react to end of war
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All American troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year, President Barack Obama announced Friday, bringing an end to one of the longest wars in United States history.Soldiers with our local National Guard served on the front lines and faced the enemy head-on during two tours of duty in Iraq. Soldiers with F Troop, 2nd Squadron of the 278th Combat Regiment were deployed first in 2004 and then again five years later in 2009.“It was night and day from the first time we were over there to the second time,” said Sgt. Cody Tate, a Warren County soldier who made both trips to Iraq. “The first time it was like the Wild West.