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Rallies held in US against military action in Iraq

Protestors have taken to the streets in the United States, demanding no new military action in Iraq.

Around 50 people joined a rally organized by an antiwar group in front of the White House on Saturday.

Demonstrators held placards saying "No New War on Iraq."

One man said a new war would mean more US casualties.

In Los Angeles, some 50 people also demonstrated. One said the Iraqi situation had worsened despite the use of US troops. He said there should be no repeat.

President Barack Obama has announced plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq as government forces and Sunni extremists there battle it out.

The Obama administration says it will be prepared to take limited military action if necessary.

The latest opinion polls show a majority of Americans oppose any new US military operation in Iraq.

But some Iraqis living in the US held a rally in front of the White House on Saturday, demanding military action.

Jun. 22, 2014 - Updated 02:00 UTC