Thursday, December 28, 2006

Large Majorities in Six Nations Want All Troops Out of Iraq

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A Harris Interactive poll shows that solid majorities (and in several cases, overwhelming majorities) in five European countries and the United States want all coalition troops out of Iraq:

A majority of adults in five European countries and the United States believe the coalition effort should come to an end, according to a poll by Harris Interactive for France 24 and Le Monde. 90 per cent of respondents in France and 84 per cent of respondents in Spain support the withdrawal of all troops from Iraq.

Britain is next on the list with 83 per cent, followed by Germany with 82 per cent, Italy with 77 per cent, and the U.S. with 66 per cent.

The coalition effort against Saddam Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 3,224 soldiers—including 2,977 Americans and 126 Britons—have died during the military operation. In December 2005, Iraqi voters renewed their National Assembly. In May, Shiite United Iraqi Alliance member Nouri al-Maliki officially took over as prime minister.

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