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Most Americans say Afghan war not worth fighting

Most Americans say Afghan war not worth fighting

Dec 21, 2013 - 10:54

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): More than a decade after the United States sent its troops into Afghanistaninfo-icon to throw out the Talibaninfo-icon and defeat Al Qaeda, an overwhelming majority of Americans believes the war is not worth fighting.

According to a new poll, a vast majority of Americans still wants their troops to be inside the country as they believe the task is not accomplished yet.

Overall, 66 percent of respondents said the war had not been worth it, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted by the Langer Research Associates of New York.

Despite the skepticism, 55 percent of those surveyed favoured keeping some US forces in Afghanistan for anti-insurgency operations and training, while just over four in 10 preferred removing all troops, the poll said.

Earlier this week, a poll conducted by Associated Press-GfK said that 57 percent of Americans said the US did the “wrong thing” in going to war in Afghanistan.

According to the Post-ABC News survey, by early 2007, only 56 percent said the war was worth fighting, as the Iraq conflict drew record-low support and with Republicans and Democrats fractured on both conflicts.

Support dropped sharply in 2009, a year with more than 300 Americans casualties, and again in 2011, following the war’s bloodiest year, it said.


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