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Most Americans now back ground troops against Daesh

A majority of Americans now support the use of ground troops against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria in the wake of the Paris attacks, according to a new poll.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday shows that 73 percent of those surveyed support increased US air campaign against Daesh, and 60 percent back more ground forces.

Eighty-one percent of Americans now fear terrorists could launch a major attack in the United States, the poll showed.

A majority of people in the US also oppose allowing refugees from the Middle East to enter the country, according to the poll.

The poll came a day after the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation to suspend President Barack Obama’s program to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country.

Under the bill, no refugees from Syria or Iraq could enter the US until stricter screening measures are in place and it is clear that the refugees do not pose a threat to national security.

Fifty-four percent of Americans oppose taking refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries, while 43 percent are in favor of such an action, according to the poll.

A number of bombers and gunmen launched coordinated attacks on November 13 in and around the French capital, killing about 130 people and injuring more than 350 others.

ISIL terrorists, who now control parts of Syria and Iraq, have claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in France.

However, some independent American analysts like former White House official Paul Craig Roberts say the United States and NATO likely orchestrated the attacks to close their borders to refugees and ramp up the war in Syria in order to counter Russia, which has been conducting air strikes there against Daesh terrorists since September 30.

“This was a false flag attack,” Roberts, a former assistant secretary of the US treasury, told Press TV on Monday. “It does not serve ISIL, but it does serve the Western political establishment.”

According to a Gallup poll released a day before the Paris attacks, more than half of Americans were opposed to sending ground troops to Syria or Iraq to fight Daesh terrorists. The poll showed that 53 percent of those surveyed opposed the idea, 43 percent supported the plan and 4 percent did not give any opinion.


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