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Iraq War Increased Terror Threat: Global Poll
Most people in 33 out of 35 countries worldwide believe that the US-led invasion of Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism, a survey for BBC World Service radio suggested on Tuesday, February28 .
An average of 60 percent in the 33 nations agreed that the March2003 invasion had increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks, with just 12 percent believing the opposite, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).
A further 15 percent thought it had no effect, according to the survey of41 , 856people by Canadian pollsters GlobeScan and the US Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA).
In Britain, 77 percent of those questioned thought the terrorist threat had risen since the war, with 55 percent in the United States and75 percent in Iraq saying likewise.
China topped the list at 85 percent, followed by South Korea ( 84percent) and Egypt ( 83percent).
PIPA director Steven Kull said that though the Bush administration tried to propagate the war as part of terror fighting, "all around the world most people view it as having increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks."
"The near unanimity of this assessment among countries is remarkable in public opinion polling," he told AFP.
Experts and politicians in Europe have said that the Iraq invasion-turned-occupation has fuelled home-grown terrorism.
The London-based Royal Institute of International Affairs has said that the war gave a momentum to Al-Qaeda's recruitment and fundraising and made Britain, the subject of an odious terrorist attack in July that killed 52 people, more vulnerable to terror attacks.
A would-be London bomber told investigators that he and three fellows were motivated by the Iraq war and not by religious fervor, denying any Al-Qaeda link.