Washington: President Barack Obama will on Wednesday embrace returning troops and seek to turn the page on the divisive, bloody and costly period of modern US history stained by the Iraq war.

He will pay homage to military sacrifices and seek to move Americans towards a future unclouded by major foreign land wars and urge them to join an effort to rebuild the country's recession-hammered economy, officials said.

Obama, who rose to power opposing the Iraq war, told a Virginia television station on Tuesday he would express "incredible pride in those men and women" who gave "millions of Iraqis the chance to live in freedom."

He will travel to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, days before the final exit of all US troops from Iraq, after a near nine-year war that killed almost 4,500 Americans, tens of thousands of Iraqis and cost more than a trillion dollars.

Fort Bragg is home to units including elements of the storied 82nd Airborne Division, which had made repeated deployments to Iraq after president George W. Bush ordered a 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.

"This is the core commitment that the president made to the country - that he would end this war -and the war has ended," a senior Obama aide said on Tuesday.

"You are going to see some very powerful images in the coming weeks of troops leaving. This is a very significant moment for the country."

Obama opened several days of remembrance by hosting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the White House on Monday and promised an "enduring" future relationship with his country.

(Agencies)