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In pictures: US anti-war protest

Protester calling himself Start Loving at Arlington, Virginia, 19.03.08

Anti-war demonstrators have held sit-ins and marches in the US to mark five years since the start of the war in Iraq.

Arlington, Virginia, 19.03.08

Masked protesters joined the 'March of the Dead' near Arlington Cemetery in Virginia. Dressed in black, wearing white masks, they carried the names and ages of civilians killed.

Protester at IRS building 19.03.08

Others used simpler means to get their message across at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington.

Protesters stop the traffic in Washington 19.03.08

The protesters, who stopped traffic during rush hour in the capital, blame the IRS for funding the war in Iraq.

Protester at IRS building 19.03.08

While the protesters waved peace signs and chanted slogans, President George W Bush addressed the Department of Defense on the success of the war.

Figure depicting George W Bush riding a rocket

President Bush said recent efforts in Baghdad by US forces, known as the surge, had been a victory against insurgents.

Protester at IRS building 19.03.08

Members of the women's peace movement Codepink, including co-founder Medea Benjamin (right) disagree with the president's so-called war on terror.

Protester at IRS building 19.03.08

The protesters risked arrest. At least 33 people were detained by police outside the IRS building.

Protester at IRS building 19.03.08

As the Washington protests got underway, more marches and vigils were expected in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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