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Many areas are sparsely patrolled. Instead, Iraqis get their information from others. For about a third, it's pan-Arabic television such as the Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya satellite news channels. The networks frequently show scenes of U. Related poll results: Baghdad: Then and now. Although most Iraqis watch the local, U. More news is spread through that oldest delivery system: marketplace chatter. In the rumor mill, interviews indicate, every confrontation between Americans and Iraqis is portrayed as an assault on the Iraqi people, not on just a few lawless insurgents.
Jalal Abbas, 20, a student in Baghdad, says it's widely believed "that when soldiers search houses, they steal gold and money. And in our houses, people are taking special precautions to hide their money and gold for fear of them being stolen by U.
Najem Aboud Debib, 37, like many Shiites, says he feels deep disappointment now. The Shiites opposed Saddam, whose regime was dominated by Sunnis. A year ago, they welcomed the Americans and the freedom to exercise their brand of Islam without repression. Now, Aboud Debib says, "I'm sure they have no morals. They are something like Saddam Hussein. We are suffering under the same situation.
He'd welcome an American withdrawal but says he's sure U. They must go and complete the job and try to win the people again. The negative opinion of the occupation does not mean most Iraqis want to see Saddam back in power. He is in U. A little more than half have a negative view of President Bush. Marines patrolling around Fallujah this week say they can feel the Iraqi anger every day, even when the two sides aren't shooting. Marine Lance Cpl. Wes Monks, 23, of Springfield, Ore. You see it every day. We're always the last one to find out when we run over a mine.
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Mathew Leifi, 20, of Orange, Calif. Kurds, the ethnic minority most closely allied with the United States, show strong support for Americans in the poll. And their pro-U. Everywhere else in Iraq, it's a different story.
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Not surprisingly, the Sunni strongholds that benefited most from Saddam's regime are the most negative in their opinion of the new Iraq. Iraqis expected huge improvements in all aspects of their economy within weeks of Saddam's overthrow, and most say there have been at least some improvements. But a year after Bush declared major hostilities in Iraq over, the poll shows:. Almost everywhere except in the Kurdish north, most people are afraid to leave their homes at night. In Baghdad, which has seen the most change — good and bad — since the war, residents say they can feel the boost to the economy that has come from foreign aid and the opening of the country's borders.
While many say that they are earning far more than they did before the invasion, they yearn for the safety and stability of the past. And you can drive a car without a license," says Resha Namir, 20, a computer science major at Baghdad University. But "I can't even go out because I'm afraid that any minute we will die. The war was not worth it.
Some are more positive. Lauran Waliyah, 46, a restaurant manager and Christian who supported Saddam, says her experience with the Americans has been good. Once, when a madman with a knife entered her business, soldiers came to help, she says. But the hostility reflected in the poll is a message that the troops understand, says Monks, the Marine lance corporal.
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Today U. The date itself is largely symbolic since the overall number of U. And some U. By signaling to the region that the U. As the U.
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This will require putting more U. Maintaining security and stability in Iraq depends on it. Those efforts can all begin in earnest today. For Iraqis, today is another step toward reestablishing the sovereignty of their country and taking back control of their affairs. For far too long the desire among the Iraqi people to have greater control of their own lives was ignored by their leaders.