Veterans of the War on Terror to protest in Strasbourg with support from American expatriates

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Iraq Veterans Against the War Europe 

   Americans Against the War France




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               April 2, 2009

IVAW Contact:                                                                

IVAW European Regional Coordinator

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AAW France Contact:                                        

Victoria Santiago                                                                                

President AAW France                                                                        

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Veterans of the War on Terror to protest in Strasbourg with support from American expatriates


Hanau, Germany; Paris, France – Veterans of the Global War on Terror (now renamed Overseas Contingency Operations) from NATO countries will be participating in the “No to NATO” demonstrations and workshops April 2-5 in Strasbourg, France and Baden Baden, Germany.


Veterans will recount their experiences in war at a workshop in the south of Strasbourg called “Saying No to War and Occupation” with support from Americans Against the War France, an organization of American expatriates living in France opposed to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The current and former military members will speak out about their opposition to “America’s War” in Iraq, Afghanistan and other “Overseas Contingency Operations”.


“Veterans are growing angrier, more disgruntled, and disgusted as the war on terror continues on a new course with a new name,” said Chris Capps-Schubert, Iraq Veterans Against the War’s European regional coordinator.  “Many of us have fought in and occupied foreign lands, and received shoddy or improper care after returning from often dangerous and morally questionable nightmarish deployments.”


Speakers include:


Victoria Santiago -- president of Americans Against the War France

Chris Capps-Schubert – IVAW’s European regional coordinator and a veteran of Iraq

Christian Neumann – an active-duty officer in the German military and a member of Darmstaedter Signal with past service in Afghanistan

David Cortelyou – Frankfurt Chapter president of IVAW who served in IRamadi and Bi’aj raq


On March 14, nine veterans from the United States, Britain and Germany testified in Freiburg, Germany, about their military service in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the “Winter Soldier Europe” event.  The hearing revealed the everyday reality of the “Overseas Contingency Operations” from a soldier’s perspective. Their Testimony can be found at:         .


WHO:       Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

WHAT:     “Saying No to War and Occupation” workshop
WHEN:     Friday April 3, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.
   Centre Sportif Lixenbuhl

     24, Rue Lixenbuhl

     67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden



The veterans will also be attending the press conference on Friday April 3 at 1 p.m. at the Centre Sportif Lixenbuhl and are available for interviews.



People who testified at Winter Soldier Europe include:


Arendt, Christopher: Chris Arendt was a member of the Michigan Army National Guard from 2001-2007. He served one deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a prison guard.


Baddorf, Zack: Baddorf is a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer teaching English at an industrial high school in Barlad, Romania. He joined the U.S. Navy on Sept. 13, 2001 and served five years as a Journalist, including in Iraq and Kuwait. He deployed to the Persian Gulf for six months aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu and spent a month aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal in Iraqi territorial waters protecting Iraq’s oil terminals.

Capps-Schubert, Christopher: Chris Capps-Schubert served in Camp Victory, Baghdad in 2005-2006, he later left the US Army to refuse deployment to Afghanistan shortly afterwards. He now serves as the Regional Coordinator for IVAW in Europe.


Cortelyou, David James: Dave Cortelyou served as a Fire Support Specialist (FISTER, or the eyes of the Artillery) in Bi’Aj and Ramadi Iraq. His mission in Iraq primarily consisted of Route Clearance Missions, House Raids, and Patrols. After coming back to Germany extremely traumatized he left the US Army, and now serves as the Frankfurt Chapter President of IVAW.


Falcon, Eddie: Eddie Falcon served in the US Air Force in Iraq, Afghanistan, and also disaster zones such as Hurricane Katrina. Among the testimony Eddie recounted was the transport of US held detainees on military flights.


Kamara, Lee: Lee Kamara served with Martin Webster (see below) in the Light Infantry of the British Army for several years. Lee was the 3rd British Soldier to enter Basra when the fighting started, and works with Martin in a project called “Voices of War” which is a Veterans organization that seeks to express themselves and heal their mental wounds through various art mediums (music, painting, etc.).


Neumann, Christian: Christian Neumann is a current member of the German Armed forces, and served in Afghanistan as part of ISAF in 2008 and earlier in Kosovo. He is also on the steering committee of Darmstaedter Signal, an organization of critical former and active duty German Officers and Noncommissioned Officers .His testimony is currently in German but transcripts can be made available in English to international media.


Shepherd, Andre: Andre Shepherd served in Tikrit Iraq in 2004 and 2005 on Camp Speicher maintaining, repairing, and arming Apache helicopters in Camp Speicher. He deserted the US Army to refuse a second deployment, and is the first US deserter to apply for Asylum here in Germany. He is currently going through his Asylum case, and is waiting for the first decision from Germany to refuse or accept his asylum application.


Webster, Martin: Martin Webster was a Corporal in the British light infantry who served for over a decade in the British Army before he got caught up in controversy after filming the beating of detainees by British soldiers in Basra. Martin has come to grips with his past, and is working hard to bring the public the truth about what happened in Iraq, and works with the British organization Voices of War. He also has a film that he will be releasing soon titled “Diary of a Disgraced Soldier”.



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Iraq Veterans Against the War was founded by Iraq war Veterans in July 2004 and is calling for:


1.       Immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq;

2.       Reparations for the human and structural damages Iraq has suffered, and stopping the corporate pillaging of Iraq so that their people can control their own lives and future; and

3.       Full benefits, adequate healthcare (including mental health), and other supports for returning servicemen and women.




Our membership includes more than 1,500 recent veterans and active duty servicemen and women from all branches of military service, National Guard members, and reservists who have served in the United States military since September 11, 2001.





Americans Against the War France became an official “Association loi 1901” in 2006 - roughly the equivalent of a non-profit association in the USA .

This historical event was an important continuum in the long line of pro-peace and anti-war groups organised by Americans living in France who stood up and protested against the invasion of Vietnam and against the Gulf War in 1991.

Together with other Americans, original members of these groups came forth and marched against the war on Iraq. Recently AAW members marched in the streets of Paris with banners saying, "No to the War on Iraq, Afghanistan and No to NATO".

In the past these protest groups were either disbanded or became dormant until the next major invasion by the American government.

By becoming a permanent association, AMERICANS AGAINST THE WAR-FRANCE (AAW France) has taken the protesting one step further: we now have an organization where we can continuously act against the permanent state of war engaged in by the United States government.




Special Thanks to: Zack Baddorf, Voices of War, Darmstaedter Signal, Americans Against the War France, and the Freiburger Peace Forum.




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