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Majority of US Vets Say Middle East Wars 'Not Worth Fighting'

Majority of US Vets Say Middle East Wars 'Not Worth Fighting'

Friday, 12 July, 2019 - 10:30
FILE PHOTO: US troops patrol at an Afghan National Army (ANA) Base in Logar province, Afghanistan August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Washington - Asharq Al-Awsat
A majority of US military veterans say the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were "not worth fighting," according to poll results released this week.

"Majorities of both veterans (58 percent) and the public (59 percent) say the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting. About four-in-ten or fewer say it was worth fighting," according to the Pew Research Center.

The same held for the war in Iraq and the US military intervention against ISIS in Syria, with 64 percent of veterans saying the former was "not worth fighting," and 55 percent saying the latter was "not worth it."

"Veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan are no more supportive of those engagements than those who did not serve in these wars. And views do not differ based on rank or combat experience," the Pew Research Center said.

The survey results come as the US and the Taliban engage in talks on bringing to a close the conflict which Washington launched in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The polling had a margin of error of 3.9 percent for veterans and 3.1 percent for members of the general public.

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