Most Iraqis Want U.S. Troops Out Within a Year: Say U.S. Presence Provoking More Conflict Than it is Preventing Approval of Attacks on U.S.-led Forces Rises to 6 in 10
Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA)
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A new WPO poll of the Iraqi public finds that seven in ten Iraqis want U.S.-led forces to commit to withdraw within a year. An overwhelming majority believes that the U.S. military presence in Iraq is provoking more conflict than it is preventing and there is growing confidence in the Iraqi army. If the United States made a commitment to withdraw, a majority believes that this would strengthen the Iraqi government. Support for attacks on U.S.-led forces has grown to a majority position—now six in ten. Support appears to be related to a widespread perception, held by all ethnic groups, that the U.S. government plans to have permanent military bases in Iraq.