Iraq says it deserves more global support in rebuilding

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Iraq’s prime minister says his country’s sacrifices fighting ISIS extremist group mean it deserves greater support in its reconstruction efforts from the international community.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi made his comments on Saturday during a meeting with a visiting UN Security Council members’ delegation, the first such visit to Iraq.

Iraq declared victory against ISIS in July 2017, after its military regained control of the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, three years after it was seized by extremists bent on building a global caliphate.

The war against ISIS left many Iraqi cities, towns and villages destroyed and Iraq has been struggling to reconstruct them.

International donors pledged $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq last year, far short of the estimated $88.2 billion needed.

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