Iraqis Don't Credit US for Safer Lives

Spc. Daniel Collier, medic, from Portland, Oregon, USA, of Charlie Company, 1st Platoon, 1-15 Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat team, 3rd Infantry Division, guards a house during a routine meeting with local leaders at Salman Pak city about 30 miles (45 kilometers), south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, March. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Washington (AP) An international media poll suggests Iraqis are finding their lives more hopeful but they give the United States little credit for the improvement.

Instead, they credit the Iraqi government, police and army.

The poll, released to observe this week's fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, was commissioned by ABC news, along with the British Broadcasting Corporation, ARD German TV and the Japanese broadcaster NHK.

The Bush administration credits an increase of 30,000 troops for a decrease in violence, which it says has improved the lives of ordinary Iraqis.

But 53 percent of the Iraqis polled felt the rapid buildup of U.S. troops in Anbar Province and in Baghdad has made overall security worse, not better.

However, that's a sharp improvement since a similar poll last August. Then, 70 percent said the american buildup had made matters worse in the areas it had emphasized. Only 18 percent said it had improved their conditions then, compared with 36 percent now