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Survey: Who Do Americans Consider Their Greatest Enemies?

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Editor’s Remarks:
Since ISIS came onto the world stage, Americans have consistently named it as the biggest threat to the US across various polls. The bloody rise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Sunni warmongers pushed other countries which have traditionally been considered enemies of ‘the land of the free’ to the back of American minds for some years, though some of these have started to creep up in importance among their national security worries. Though angst towards Iraq and Afghanistan has calmed since US involvement wound down, it is still felt by around a quarter of Americans despite those states’ key roles in the fight against Islamic extremism. Traditional rival Iran features highly as an enemy, perhaps in light of the tensions over Obama and Rouhani’s nuclear deal which bubbled over after the backlash at Trump’s migrant ban, and North Korea naturally causes headaches for almost two-thirds of Americans after last week’s ballistic missile tests.

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