To a near-deafening silence in the mainstream media, Saturday marked the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an occasion that protesters in Washington used to call for an immediate withdrawal of troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The killing in Iraq continues even though combat troops’ presence has been reduced and media attention has been directed toward what many pundits call the “just” war in Afghanistan. –JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Thousands of anti-war protesters have marched through the US capital to call for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, on the seventh anniversary of the US-led invasion.

Demonstrators rallied near the White House and across the city centre on Saturday in a march sponsored by a coalition of anti-war groups, led by military veterans and activists.

The protesters chanted anti-war slogans and waved signs that read “We need jobs and schools, not war”, as they called for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This is a disgrace that this country, seven years after the invasion of Iraq,is still in that country and is upping things in Afghanistan,” Maria Allwine, one of the protesters, told the Reuters news agency.

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