European believe Afghan mission has failed

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European NATO publics believe Afghan mission has failed

MONTREAL, Aug 28, 2007 (AFP) - Solid majorities in four European countries providing troops in Afghanistan -- Britain, France, Germany and Italy -- believe the anti-terror mission has failed, a Canadian poll said Monday.

The Angus Reid Global Monitor survey found that 49 percent of Canadians also think the military effort in Afghanistan has been a failure so far.

All five countries form part of the NATO mission fighting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, and respondents were asked if the mission could be judged mostly a success or failure.

In Germany, 69 percent said it was a failure, followed by 66 percent in Italy. The figure in both Britain and France was 63 percent.

Those who believed the mission to be a success ranged from 12 percent in France to 22 percent in Canada.

At least 652 soldiers -- including 70 Britons, 69 Canadians, 21 Germans, 10 French and nine Italians -- have died in NATO or US-led "war on terror" operations in Afghanistan, the pollsters noted.

After being driven from power in late 2001, the resurgent Taliban are leading a bloody insurgency against the US-backed government of President Hamid Karzai that has claimed thousands of lives.

The Angus Reid survey conducted online interviews with 5,075 adults in Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Italy from July 26 to August 11. The margin of error for each country was 3.1 percent.


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