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Friday, January 26, 2007
Anti-war coalition to hit airwaves targeting Bush plan
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After a weekend of national protests against the war in Iraq, anti-war coalition Americans Against Escalation in Iraq will start a media campaign targeting President Bush's plan to increase troops levels and encouraging lawmakers to take action against it.

The ads feature six Iraq war veterans voicing their opposition to the president's plan. At the end of the commercial Robert Loria, a soldier who is missing an arm, says: "If you support escalation, you don't support the troops." Starting Monday, the organization will broadcast these ads nationally on CNN.

They will also show local ads in Indiana, Virginia and New Hampshire aimed at Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia, Sen. John Sununu, R-New Hampshire, Sen. Judd Gregg R-New Hampshire.

The group also intends to fly veterans to the home states of key Republican senators on the Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees early next week.

-- CNN's Lauren Kornreich
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