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US public rails against George Bush's 'troop surge' to Iraq

Issue No. 2035

The majority of ordinary Americans want the US Congress to block George Bush's plans for a 'surge' of 21,500 extra troops in Iraq.

That is the finding of the latest opinion poll conducted as the anti-war movement prepares for a massive march in Washington this Saturday 27 January.

The Washington Post-ABC poll found that 65 percent of US citizens oppose sending more troops to Iraq. Some 59 percent – over a quarter of them Republican voters – want Congress to block Bush's plans.

The poll comes after one of the bloodiest days for US troops. On Saturday of last week 25 US soldiers were killed.

Sunni insurgents shot down a helicopter killing all 12 soldiers on board, a further eight died in the restive Anbar province and Baghdad.

And in a development that is deeply troubling for the occupation, five soldiers were killed by Shia gunmen in Karbala – a city the US 'pacified' in 2004.

As the grim tally of deaths in Iraq continues to mount the Nato commander in Afghanistan is demanding a similar 'surge' to defeat the Taliban.

British general David Richards said that the occupation of Afghanistan was 'running out of time' and warned that more troops will be needed to fight the growing insurgency.

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