Nation's Largest Peace Group Laments Sixth Anniversary of War in Iraq

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Nation's Largest Peace Group Laments Sixth Anniversary of War in Iraq

Peace Action Calls on President Obama to end occupation of Iraq swiftly and completely and to re-consider surge of U.S. troops to Afghanistan

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Peace Action, the country's largest peace and disarmament group, today
lamented tomorrow's sixth anniversary of the U.S. occupation of Iraq,
and called on President Barack Obama to accelerate the complete
withdrawal of U.S. forces, contractors and bases from Iraq.

"This tragic war is not over until every last soldier returns home - an
end to this nightmare for the Iraqi and American people cannot come
soon enough," observed Peace Action Executive Director Kevin Martin.
"We are greatly concerned that most Americans think President Obama is
planning to withdraw from Iraq despite his plan to leave 35,000 to
50,000 ‘residual forces' until the end of 2011. All U.S. forces,
contractors and bases must with withdrawn as soon as possible, and the
U.S. must help re-build Iraq and provide aid for millions of Iraqi
refugees," Martin continued.

"President Obama was elected largely because of his opposition to the
Iraq war before it started, a position Peace Action shared. Now that he
is in office he must make tough decisions to bring about a real change
in U.S. foreign policy.  Not only must he end the U.S. occupation in
Iraq, he must re-consider his plan to send an additional 17,000 troops
to Afghanistan. There is no military solution there, as many national
security analysts have concluded. The solution is more diplomacy,
within Afghanistan and with countries in the region, not more troops,"
said Martin. A petition calling on Obama to reverse his decision to
escalate the war in Afghanistan is at http://www.peace-action.org

Local Peace Action affiliates and chapters are sponsoring vigils,
protests, panel discussions and other observances of the anniversary
around the country. A list of events and local contacts is at http://www.peace-action.org/iraq/campaigns/6thann/events_main.html

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Founded in 1957, Peace Action, the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.

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