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Protests Held Across US on Eight-Year Iraq War Anniversary

US Army/Spc. Jessica Rohr(WASHINGTON) -- There were small protests throughout the U.S. Saturday to mark the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Ironically, the demonstrations came on the same day that Western powers started an assault to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, the largest international military action since the Iraq war began on March 19, 2003.

Unlike Iraq protests that featured tens of thousands of marchers in some U.S. urban centers eight years ago, only a few hundred people at most turned up at gatherings in cities that included New York, Washington, D.C, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

In the nation's capital, Daniel Ellsberg, who gained notoriety during the Vietnam War for leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971, was arrested outside the White House along with about 100 other protesters.

There was also a demonstration against the Iraq war in Hollywood attended by students from over 40 high schools and community colleges, while in San Francisco, police said that a few hundred people marched peacefully from United Nations Plaza to Union Square.

Meanwhile, a small rally in New York's Time Square quickly turned from an Iraq war protest to calls for an end to the bombing of Libyan targets.

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