- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - A few hundred war protesters are gathering in the nation’s capital to mark the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

The protesters are holding a rally Saturday and planning to march from northwest D.C. to the Pentagon.

Protesters held up signs and about 100 cardboard coffins draped with flags from various countries were lined up on the ground about a block from the Lincoln Memorial.

The protesters want President Barack Obama to immediately withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. Obama has said he plans to withdraw roughly 100,000 troops by the summer of 2010 and promises to pull the last troops out by the end of 2011.

The protest is being held a few days after the March 19 anniversary. Demonstrations also are planned in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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