Thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets of the US capital on Saturday, on the seventh anniversary of the US-led war in Iraq in a show of frustration widely ignored by the media and public. As the National Marathon wound down in the city, protesters gathered outside the White House after midday, bearing signs alluding to the high cost of the war both in money and human lives and decrying the use of unmanned aircraft, or drones, to bomb US enemies. Under sunny skies and the watchful but discreet gaze of uniformed police, some demonstrators carried coffins draped in the Iraqi and Afghan flags in homage to civilian deaths the fighting in both countries has caused. According to the independent icasualties.org website, 4385 American soldiers have died in Iraq since the invasion of the country was launched in March 2003. Another 1024 have died in Afghanistan.