Australians want govt to withdraw troops from Afghan

On a day three commandos were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, a survey published today says nearly two-thirds of people want the government to withdraw troops from the war-torn country.

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2010, 19:38 PM IST

Melbourne: On a day three commandos were
killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, a survey
published today says nearly two-thirds of people want the
government to withdraw troops from the war-torn country.

A poll by Essential Research, coincidentally released
today, shows nearly two-thirds of people want the government
to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

"Only one in four believe the commitment should stay
at its current level - a force of around 1550 mainly based in
Oruzgan province," local media reports said.

According to `the Australian`, Australians were
increasingly frustrated with the war in Afghanistan, which has
claimed the lives of 16 diggers over the past nine years.

The poll said only seven per cent - split equally
between Labor and Coalition voters - think the number of
troops should be increased.

Demand for a withdrawal is evenly split between the
two sides of politics - 61 per cent are Labour voters and 55
per cent support the coalition.

PTI