Iraq seeks aid to rebuild areas devastated by 3-year battle with ISIL

Iraq has issued an urgent appeal for billions of dollars of international aid to rebuild areas devastated by a 3-year battle with the Islamic State terrorist group. The government appeal was made during an international aid conference that opened in Kuwait on Monday. Officials from more than 70 countries and international organizations are taking part in the 3-day meeting. Iraq’s Planning Minister Salman al-Jumaili said, the country needs 88.2 billion dollars for reconstruction. His ministry says a quarter of the amount is urgently required in order to quickly build housing for 2.5 million people displaced by fierce fighting.

In addition to requesting international support, Iraq is also seeking private-sector investments. The government announced 157 projects in January, including airport repairs and oil development, while calling on companies around the world to invest.