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Eight Years of War in Afghanistan: Join a Facebook Vigil at the White House

OAKLAND, Calif. - This
week marks eight years of war in Afghanistan. As President Obama
considers an increase of up to 45,000 additional soldiers, Peace Action
West is spreading the call for a Facebook vigil at the White House. The
virtual vigil will be held to honor the fallen soldiers and civilians,
and call for a new strategy that emphasizes civilian tools like
diplomacy, development and political reconciliation over war.

Anyone can join the vigil here:

"The majority of Americans oppose sending more troops to
Afghanistan," said Rebecca Griffin, Peace Action West's political
director. "But the political pressure on the president to agree to an
additional 45,000 troops is enormous, and getting stronger. That's why
people who oppose the war need to come out loud and strong this


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