Hollywood legend Charlton Heston has sent a message of support to American troops in Iraq.

The BEN HUR star, who is the president of the NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, also attacked Hollywood's anti-war protesters in his statement.

He says, "There is no duty more noble than that which has called you across the world in defence of freedom.

"Rest assured that while pretend-patriots talk of supporting you, even as they condemn your noble cause, an unwavering vast majority of Americans share and take pride in your mission."

Heston was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2002.