US President Barack Obama delivers the Memorial Day address to families of the fallen at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia 28 May 2012
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Obama's Memorial Day tribute to Iraq war fallen

US President Barack Obama has delivered an address at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, to the families of fallen US servicemen.

The president said it was "fitting" to pay tribute to those who died in Iraq, from where the last US troops were withdrawn in December.

Mr Obama added that sending troops into combat was "the most wrenching decision" he had to make, and pledged to do so only when "absolutely necessary".

  • 28 May 2012