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October 24, 2005

SECRET BRIT POLL SHOWS HUGE IRAQI OPPOSITION TO ANGL0-AMERICAN OCCUPATION

London's conservative Daily Telegraph yesterday published the stunning results of a Suicide_bombings secret poll, taken by the British Ministry of Defense, that shows Iraqis overwhelmingly opposed to the Anglo-American occupation of their country, with nearly half of Iraqis supporting suicide bombings against the occupier. Up to 65 per cent of Iraqis support suicide bombing attacks on occupying troops,  and "fewer than one per cent think Allied military involvement is helping to improve security in their country," The Telegraph report on the poll says.  According to the Telegraph, the poll also shows:

• Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;

• 82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops;

• less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;

• 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;

• 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;

• 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.

The opinion poll, carried out in August for the U.K.s Defense Ministry, also debunks claims by both the US and British governments that the general well-being of the average Iraqi is improving in post-Saddam Iraq. The Telegraph reports: "Immediately after the war the coalition embarked on a campaign of reconstruction in which it hoped to improve the electricity supply and the quality of drinking water.That appears to have failed, with the poll showing that 71 per cent of people rarely get safe clean water, 47 per cent never have enough electricity, 70 per cent say their sewerage system rarely works and 40 per cent of southern Iraqis are unemployed." To read the entire Telegraph report on the secret poll, click here.

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