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American Support for Iraq War Will Rebound, Powell Says - 2004-04-30

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says declining support among Americans for the war in Iraq will rebound once U.S. forces stamp out the surge of armed resistance.

Mr. Powell says the recent increase in the number of U.S. troop casualties in Iraq is bound to be reflected in opinion polls. He says he is convinced that support for the Bush administration policies will revive once standoffs in the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Najaf are settled.

Mr. Powell was responding to a new CBS television-New York Times poll indicating support among Americans for the war in Iraq has dropped in the last month by 11 points to 47 percent. Almost as many people -- 46 percent -- said the United States should have stayed out of Iraq.

More than 120 American troops have been killed in combat in Iraq this month, making it one of the deadliest months for U.S. forces since the war began more than a year ago.

Mr. Powell made his remarks Thursday in Copenhagen, where he met with Danish officials to thank them for keeping their soldiers in Iraq despite security problems in the country.