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Poll–US citizens support Libya action



A Libyan revolutionary fighter mourns the loss of comrades in clashes with Gaddafi forces.

About 60 percent of American citizens support the US-led military action against Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, a recent opinion poll suggests.

The March 24 poll found that nearly half of Americans believed the military attacks were unjustifiable when the financial costs were put into consideration.

The poll, conducted by IPSOS private research center, interviewed 975 adults aged 18 and older across the United States.

The great majority of US citizens did, however, agree that the US and its Western allies should seek to remove Gaddafi from power through military means.

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, adopted on March 17, allowed for NATO forces to pound positions belonging to the Gaddafi regime in order to save civilians from attacks by forces loyal to the long-time ruler.

The Western military alliance has come under intense criticism over its failure to protect civilians and avoid human losses at a time when Gaddafi loyalists have stepped up their attacks against opposition forces in the Libyan cities along the Mediterranean coast, particularly in the besieged western city of Misratah.

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