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White Stripes battle US Air Force over Super Bowl ad

Jack White of the White Stripes
The White Stripes said the ad would help "a war that we do not support"

Rock band The White Stripes are taking on the US Air Force, complaining that it used one of the group's songs in a TV advert without permission.

In a statement on their website, the duo said they took "strong insult and objection" to the use of the tune in an ad during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Their hit Fell In Love With A Girl was re-recorded for the commercial for the Air Force Reserve, the group claim.

They said they will "take strong action to stop the ad containing this music".

The statement said: "We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management.

We simply don't want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict
Jack White

"The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserves presenting this advert with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.

"The White Stripes support this nation's military, at home and during times when our country needs and depends on them.

"We simply don't want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict, and hope for a safe and speedy return home for our troops."

The ad was part of a recruiting campaign for the Air Force Reserve, whose 67,000 members back up the main Air Force.

Its personnel are involved in missions in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other operations such as supporting the relief effort after the earthquake in Haiti.

The Air Force Reserve were unavailable for comment.

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