Canada pledges $12M for rebuilding newly liberated areas of Iraq


On Wednesday, the United Nations launched a two-year Recovery and Resilience programme created to help Iraq's government fast-track the social dimensions of reconstruction.

Iraq received billions of dollars in credit lines, loans, and investment from Turkey, Gulf Arab allies, Europe, and other countries, their representatives announced at an worldwide conference in Kuwait on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the United States urged members of the coalition fighting Islamic State yesterday to help rebuild Iraq or risk the reversal of the gains made against the group there.

Baghdad says it needs almost $90 billion to rebuild after three years of war with Daesh devastated homes, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure. "Let's not make it more so", one official said in describing the administration's view. Only half have returned to their hometowns in Iraq.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sounded the alarm at a coalition gathering in Kuwait City.

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The US did not promise any aid at the conference.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt broke off ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran, Riyadh's arch-rival.

Canada has committed $2 billion over three years for security, stabilization and humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impacts on neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon.

"The whole world owes you a debt for your struggle against the deadly global threat posed by Daesh (IS)", Guterres told a donors' conference in Kuwait City in comments directed at the Iraqi delegation.

He said tens of billions more were lost indirectly through damage to the wider economy and years of lost growth.

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