17 June 2008

Most Iraqis Want U.S. to Leave Iraq

This from Iraq Insider: http://theiraqinsider.blogspot.com/ 2008/06/ more-on-yesterdays-historic-hearings.html
Two members of the Iraqi Parliament, Sheikh Khalaf al-Ulayyan (National Dialogue Front party) and Dr. Nadim al-Jaberi (Fadila party), presented a letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee that was signed by members of the Iraqi parliament on behalf of parties representing a majority of the 275 Members. Their letter stated:
“Any agreement that is not ratified by the Iraqi legislative power is considered unconstitutional and illegal….Likewise, we wish to inform you that the majority of Iraqi representatives strongly reject any military-security, economic, commercial, agricultural, investment or political agreement with the U.S. that is not linked to clear mechanisms that obligate the occupying American military forces to fully withdraw from Iraq, in accordance with a declared timetable and without leaving behind any military bases, soldiers or hired fighters.”
According to www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/iraq/poll/2008/0308opinion.pdf:

72% of Iraqis oppose presence of U.S. Forces in Iraq, and over 53% believe that increased presence of U.S. Forces has had a worsening effect on the security situation:

99% of Iraqis support the eventual withdrawal of U.S. Forces - 38% favor immediate withdrawal:

61% of Iraqis believe that the ongoing presence of U.S. Forces is having a harmful (worsening) effect on the security situation in Iraq:

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