Mike Tharp, executive editor of the Merced Sun-Star who is working out of the McClatchy Newspapers’ Baghdad Bureau, said the evidence he’s seen indicates that despite concerns about security, most Iraqis want U.S. forces out as soon as possible.
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Tharp said about the Iraqis’ view, "They've seen the last six years as an occupation, not as bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq, but instead the loss of tens of thousands of Iraqi lives as well as over 4,300 American troop losses, a trillion dollars spent by the U.S. I don't know what estimates are being put on the damage done to the Iraqi society and economy, but it's incalculable."
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