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Simultaneously showing support for troops and demanding the end of U.S. military operations in Iraq, thousands of Santa Barbarans commemorated the four-year anniversary of the start of the war by taking to the streets.

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Peace march.

Published on December 20, 2007

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With the death toll in Iraq ever rising, Santa Barbara's internationally famous Arlington West vigil continued its weekly Sunday installment of crosses in the sand next to Stearns Wharf. Started in November of 2003, the Veterans for Peace-run memorial capped the number of crosses erected each week at 3,000 last January.

Published on December 20, 2007

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A photo of the first-ever Arlington West offers a grim reminder of the thousands of U.S. soldiers who have lost their lives since the war began on March 20, 2003.

Published on December 20, 2007

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In another sort of protest, students from a Laguna Blanca civics class called attention to the many war crimes being perpetrated against prisoners across the globe when they assumed the identities of actual prisoners and silently locked themselves in cages during a lunch break.

Published on December 20, 2007

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On August 2, a plane landed at Santa Barbara Airport to bring home the body of U.S. Army Specialist and Carpinteria resident Jaime Rodriguez Jr., who was killed in action by an improvised explosion device in late July.

Published on December 20, 2007

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A gut-wrenching funeral at St. Joseph's Church a few days later, the passing of 19-year-old Rodriguez was a devastating loss to his family-including his mother Dulce Soto, pictured while being helped out of the church by family members-and to the entire community, as his was the first South Coast life lost in the latest Iraq War.

Published on December 20, 2007

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Army Specialist and Carpinteria resident Jaime Rodriguez Jr..

Published on December 20, 2007

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