Abadi: ISIS damage to Iraq nears $35 billion
Rudaw – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed on Saturday that ISIS has damaged Iraq’s infrastructure by $35 billion since the conflict began in 2014.
“In the fight against ISIS, the group has damaged Iraq’s infrastructure by $35 billion,” Abadi said while speaking at Baghdad Dialogue convention held in the Iraqi capital.
The two-day dialogue is meant to discuss the latest political developments in the region and ISIS’s ongoing setbacks on the battlefields and sectarian rivalries.
“Some countries consider Iraq as a threat, but the fight against ISIS by Iraq will bring about protecting the security of the region’s countries,” he remarked about ISIS.
The Iraqi prime minister also said that the Iraqi army is the only ground force fighting ISIS within the country’s borders, and the cause of sectarian rivalries in Iraq is ISIS so Iraqis need to work together.
The Baghdad Dialogue commenced on Saturday and will last for two days. The first day of the convention took place in Iraqi parliament with the second at the University of Baghdad.
In attendance were representatives from the government, presidency and parliament of Iraq, as well as foreign representatives and delegates from regional countries. A Kurdistan Regional Government delegation has attended.