Tuesday Apr 17, 201212:30 PM GMT
Majority of Afghans want early withdrawal of US-led forces: Poll
Afghans want US-led forces to leave Afghanistan. (file photo)
Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:29PM
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A recent German poll indicates that the majority of Afghan people desire the early withdrawal of US-led forces from their country.

The poll conducted by the Institute for Social Research and Statistical Analysis, Forsa, finds that 60 percent of the 2,000 participants supported the pullout of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

Another 33 percent rejected the idea, while seven percent were not certain about their stance towards the issue.

The poll was carried out from March 17 through March 20, this year.

Anti-American sentiment has hit unprecedented levels since the burning of the Holy Quran and the massacre of Afghan civilians by US soldiers over the past months.

On February 20, US soldiers burned copies of the Quran and other Islamic texts at the US-run Bagram Airbase, southeast of the city of Charikar in the Afghan province of Parwan.

Also on March 11, a group of US soldiers went from house to house in Kandahar’s Panjwaii district and gunned down Afghan civilians inside their homes, killing at least 16 people, mostly women and children, and injuring several others.

Despite the presence of tens of thousands of US-led forces in Afghanistan, insecurity continues to rise across the Asian country.

The forces are scheduled to withdraw and hand over security operations to the Afghan Army by the end of 2014.

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