Isis Fight Has Cost Iraqi Government $35 Billion So Far, Says PM
The fight against Islamic State (ISIS) has cost the Iraqi government $35 billion, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Saturday (January 14).
During a press conference held in Baghdad for talks on the situation in Iraq, Abadi said $35 billion had been spent so far since the militant group swept through the north of the country in 2014.
The Iraqi PM also praised the cooperation between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces.
“There have been lots of victories achieved in fight against Daesh [ISIS] due to cooperation between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces,” Abadi said.
Abadi talked about bringing security to the country, stopping Iraqi soil from being used as a launching pad for attacks on other countries, and urged internally displaced people to return to their homes in areas liberated from ISIS.
“Iraq is a multi-ethnic nation, but this doesn’t mean that we are not committed to coexistence, rather we need to work more for multi-ethnic tolerance after Daesh is defeated,” he added.
Kurdish and Iraqi forces began the much-anticipated offensive to regain control of Mosul on October 17 after an official decree by the Iraqi PM.
The Mosul campaign, which aims to crush the Iraqi half of ISIS’ declared caliphate, is expected to be the largest fight in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion.
ISIS’ seizure of Mosul, in June 2014 as it swept across the Syrian border and declared a modern "caliphate", exposed the failings of a governing system defined largely by ethno-sectarian party patronage.