Dozens of anti-war demonstrators have squared off with counter-protesters near President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch.

As protesters seeking the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq rallied Saturday, flag-waving Bush supporters, carrying signs in favor of the war, gathered across the street.

Authorities turned out in force to keep the two groups separated.

The protests come as the mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq remains encamped along a road near Mr. Bush's ranch, calling for a meeting with the president.

Cindy Sheehan says she is asking the president to tell her what her son died for since no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

Mr. Bush has said it would be a mistake to bring the troops home now.  He reiterated that message Saturday in his weekly radio address.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.