September 18, 2015
“The advance of ISIL In Iraq has many seeking reasons for their presence in Iraq. 81% Syria/85% Iraq believe that ISIL is a foreign/American made group, while in Iraq with the larger split in sunni/shia population 75% also agree that it is a result of sectarian problems across the region. Previous Prime Minister al-Maliki is also blamed by 71% as a driving force in the creating of the terror group. A majority (51%) also believe that ‘getting rid of ISIL is not possible without solving the problems in Syria also,’” the report explained.
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Further, the survey predictably found that many Syrians believe the country’s affairs are still headed in the wrong direction. As the report explains,
“The poll also confirms a deteriorating environment. A majority in both countries say things are heading in the wrong direction (66% Iraq, 57% Syria), while in Iraq 67% that they preferred their life two years ago before the conflict started, increasing to 71% among those from ISIL majority controlled governorates of Anbar, Ninevah and Salah al-din. In Syria, just 21% prefer life now to what life was like under the full control of Bashar al Assad – 40% preferred life four years ago, 35% saying life is essentially the same.”
The results shouldn’t come as a surprise, but they do offer another piece of anecdotal evidence that suggests the U.S. had a major role in creating ISIS — evidence that is becoming less anecdotal every day.
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