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For immediate release         February 14, 2020

"17 Years Since the Iraq Invasion:
Time to End All US Wars"

Rally and march marking 17 years since the US Invasion
*Friday, March 20, 2020
5:00 PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square- SW Yamhill and Broadway

Join Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group for a march and rally marking 17 years since the US invaded Iraq in 2003. The event will take place at the weekly Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday Rally on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM, at Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway).

The US invasion and occupation was based on the knowingly false information presented by the George W Bush administration alleging that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. After the invasion, no such weapons were found. Similar lies about the alleged attack on a US naval destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin helped justify the Viet Nam war. The current President, who criticized the Iraq war, has made up similar lies to justify violence against Iranian nationals inside Iraq (and Syria)'s borders. Following the US assassination of an Iranian general in January, the Iraqi parliament voted to demand the US leave their country. Rather than respect their sovereignty, President Trump threatened sanctions and demanded to be paid for the US military bases set up in Iraq as part of this 17-year-long occupation.

Regardless of whether the troops leave, the US embassy in Baghdad is the world's largest, despite Iraq being the 36th largest country by population and 58th largest in size. It is clear the US wants to stay in Iraq to control the oil resources not just in Iraq but in the entire region. It is time to end all US wars and bring the troops home!

In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives voted 236-166 on January 30 to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, which was controversially created based on the WMD lies, and has been used to justify continued US presence. Eleven Republicans voted for the measure.

The PPRC weekly Friday rally began shortly after the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The protests have also focused on the well as other foreign and domestic policies.

The event is cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, CODEPINK, and Veterans For Peace Chapter 72.

A flyer for the event is available at .

For more information or to get involved contact the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 (voice or text), or email .





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PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065

Page posted January 10, 2020, updated February 14, 2020


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