March 10, 2009
Posted: 1348 GMT

Filed under: I-Desk Poll •Iraq

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Ilya   March 11th, 2009 10:40 am ET

The presence of the U.S. troops in Iraq has not so far been able to stop violence in that country. Although the rate of violence was changing up and down since 2003, there seems to be no evidence of a stable trend toward its declining. There are two questions in this connection, whether the presence of the foreign troops is not a negative factor and whether its withdrawal would not have a salutary effect on the stabilization of the politcial situation in Iraq. There is only one way to prove either of these questions.

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