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Costly Iraq war may mark shift in US approach
Cost and length of Iraq war may mark a shift in the US approach to countering threats
By The Associated Press

BALI, Indonesia (AP) ' In the final days of the U.S. war in Iraq, the outlook for America's military entanglements is markedly different from the confusing first days of the invasion.

Early on Iraq looked, to many, like one in a string of big conflicts in a "war on terror." Many thought the U.S. would be facing more ground wars in the future.

Now, with the last American troops set to depart by year's end, Iraq seems more likely to signal an end to such long and enormously costly undertakings in the name of preventing another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

At least that would seem to be the case under the administration of President Barack Obama.

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