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Most Iraqis Favor Immediate U.S. Pullout


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Im not trying to rehash the whole should or shouldnt have we invaded or the typical battles with accord.

 

But one of the biggest concerns we face has to be the fear that we are seen as an occupying force. At what point are we fighting to stay in a country and not to assist the country? And at what point has our enemy morphed form our old friends?

 

I dont favor an immediate pullout but a phased one. We need to tell the Iraqi people that we are leaving and the Iraqi leaders that they need to get on the ball.

 

 

 

 

BAGHDAD, Sept. 26 -- A strong majority of Iraqis want U.S.-led military forces to immediately withdraw from the country, saying their swift departure would make Iraq more secure and decrease sectarian violence, according to new polls by the State Department and independent researchers.

 

In Baghdad, for example, nearly three-quarters of residents polled said they would feel safer if U.S. and other foreign forces left Iraq, with 65 percent of those asked favoring an immediate pullout, according to State Department polling results obtained by The Washington Post

Another new poll, scheduled to be released on Wednesday by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, found that 71 percent of Iraqis questioned want the Iraqi government to ask foreign forces to depart within a year. By large margins, though, Iraqis believed that the U.S. government would refuse the request, with 77 percent of those polled saying the United States intends keep permanent military bases in the country.

 

The stark assessments, among the most negative attitudes toward U.S.-led forces since they invaded Iraq in 2003, contrast sharply with views expressed by the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Last week at the United Nations, President Jalal Talabani said coalition troops should remain in the country until Iraqi security forces are "capable of putting an end to terrorism and maintaining stability and security."

 

"Only then will it be possible to talk about a timetable for the withdrawal of the multinational forces from Iraq," he said.

 

Recent polls show many Iraqis in nearly every part of the country disagree.

 

"Majorities in all regions except Kurdish areas state that the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) should withdraw immediately, adding that the MNF-I's departure would make them feel safer and decrease violence," concludes the 20-page State Department report, titled "Iraq Civil War Fears Remain High in Sunni and Mixed Areas." The report was based on 1,870 face-to-face interviews conducted from late June to early July....

 

 

 

Article is pretty long so I didnt post the whole thing.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...6092601721.html

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