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Wide Afghan support for post-Taleban government: study

Published on Feb 25, 2014 6:36 AM
 
Afghan National Army soldiers keeping watch at the Forward Base in Nari district near the army outpost in Kunar province on Feb 24, 2014. The survey by the firm ATR Consulting found that 80 per cent of Afghans thought that the government was in control with similarly strong levels of trust in the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, two institutions rebuilt after the 2001 fall of the Taleban regime.. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Despite a wave of violence, an overwhelming majority of Afghans believe their government is in control of the country and oppose a return to the Taleban, a survey said on Monday, Feb 24, 2014.

The study comes as concern mounts in the West for Afghanistan's future. The United States is preparing to withdraw most of its troops this year, ending a war launched after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks.

But the survey by the firm ATR Consulting found that 80 per cent of Afghans thought that the government was in control with similarly strong levels of trust in the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, two institutions rebuilt after the 2001 fall of the Taleban regime.

"This was surprising to us. We had a lot of assumptions before starting this study," said Ms Lola Cecchinel, a French expert on Afghanistan who heads research for ATR Consulting.

 
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