Even the troops don’t want to be there
US troops call for Iraq pullout
More than 200 men and women from the US armed services have joined a protest calling for American troops in Iraq to be brought home, organisers say.
The soldiers said they did not think it was worth their while to be in Iraq and questioned the use of repeated tours of duty.
The campaign, called the Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq, takes advantage of defence department rules allowing active duty troops to express personal opinions to politicians without fear of retaliation.
The appeal posted on the campaign's website at www.appealforredress.org said: "As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq.
"Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for US troops to come home."
The website allows service members to sign the appeal that will be presented to members of congress. Organisers said the number of signatories had climbed from 65 to 219 since the appeal was posted a few days ago and Wednesday when it was publicly launched.