Tuesday May 03, 201104:55 PM GMT
US protesters urge troops' withdrawal
Tue May 3, 2011 4:55PM
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In the US, anti-war activists have staged a rally outside the White House, calling on the government to withdraw all American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately.

"We are outside the White House today, Monday, after the assassination of Osama Bin Laden [on Sunday in Pakistan],” Liz Hourican, a local peace activist and leading member of Code Pink anti-war group, told Press TV in an interview.

She added that the demonstrators want their government to stop triggering violence and suffering in the world.

The activists also demanded President Barack Obama to adopt a policy based on “humanity” and not “offensive militarism.”

“We say bring all of our troops home, stop creating more violence and suffering in the world. These are things that we say to our president to promote a better policy based on humanity and not offensive militarism,” Hourican said.

The US currently has about 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. The total number of NATO forces in the country is about 150,000.

Some 50,000 US troops are currently in Iraq, down from a peak of more than 170,000 and ahead of a planned full withdrawal in late 2011.

The US is required under the Status of Forces Agreement to leave Iraq by the end of the year.

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