Iraqi and Malaysian shot dead in Kirkuk as poll shows majority want British troops to pull out
Gunmen opened fire on a car in the northern oil city of Kirkuk Monday morning, killing an Iraqi and a Malaysian and seriously injuring a New Zealander, a security official said.
According to The AP, the two foreigners were heading to the center of the city to shop when their vehicle was attacked, said Maj. Gen. Anwar Mohammed Amin, the head of Iraqi security forces in the city.
Meanwhile, as British ministers considering sending more soldiers to Iraq a survey published on Monday reflects growing public discontent about government policy on the war and occupation of Iraq.
A poll for The Independent daily indicated 55 per cent of respondents called for British troops to be pulled out by 30 June, the planned date for the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi administration. Sixteen per cent supported an immediate withdrawal and 39 per cent thought the 8,000 soldiers in Iraq should be brought back to coincide with next month's handover of power.
28 per cent supported an open-ended British military commitment to Iraq, and 17 per cent said they did not have a firm view. (Albawaba.com)
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