Sunday, July 17, 2005

Laden Loses Support in Islamic Countries

A research conducted in 17 countries, six of which were Muslim countries including Turkey, revealed that support for al-Qaeda and its leader Osama Bin Laden has decreased in Muslim countries.

According to The Pew Charitable Trusts research, the biggest decrease was observed in Turkey, Indonesia and Morocco, also targets of terror. The trust in Laden decreased from 49 percent to 26 percent in Morocco in the last two years and the support for Laden in Turkey decreased from 15 percent to seven percent. The percentage of Turks who thought that suicide attacks were justified in some cases remained unchanged at 14 percent. The research also strikingly showed that Turkey was the only country which believed that an increasing role of Islam in the society is not a positive development. People who though the headscarf ban in Turkey was "bad" increased to 64 percent. The rate of people supporting Turkey's European Union (EU) membership was 68 percent.

(Source: Zaman)

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