TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi said the US invasion of Afghanistan failed in its so-called mission of eradicating terrorism in the country, and now extremism has spread to the different parts of the world.
"Now extremism has turned into a major problem and the US invasion of Afghanistan has not only failed in uprooting terrorism but also spread it to the neighboring states," Sarmadi said, addressing an international conference in Tehran on Monday.
He described 'war on terrorism' as just an excuse for some American warmongers to attack Afghanistan, and said since day one, Iran has never accepted such a pretext for an invasion of Afghanistan, during which a much larger number of people were killed than those who lost their lives in the twin towers attack in New York on September 11, 2001.
A Gallup polls found in February that Americans think the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was a mistake, with 49% holding that belief compared to 48% who say the conflict should have occurred.
The poll was conducted since the November 2001 invasion, reaching a peak of 93% of Americans supporting the effort in January 2002.
49% of Americans said it was a mistake for the US to go to war in Afghanistan.
More Americans now think it was a mistake for the US to invade Afghanistan in 2001.
A new Gallup poll showed 49% of Americans say the US should not have gone to war, with 48% responding that the conflict was justified.
This marks the first time since 2001 that the majority had a negative view of the war.
Data from 2001 to 2014 showed how war fatigue has set in over time.
In November 2001, when the public was first polled shortly after the attacks of 9/11 and the Afghan invasion, an overwhelming 89% believed the war was not a mistake, with only 9% expressing concern over the conflict.
"Clearly, in the turbulent atmosphere and general 'rally effect' environment that followed 9/11, Americans were overwhelmingly supportive of the decision to send the US military to Afghanistan," the polling group said.
Support for the conflict actually grew in January 2002, when 93% said the invasion was the right decision.
Over time support began to drop and by March 2013, 51% believed it was not a mistake and 44% said it was a mistake.