War Against ISIS Cost Iraq $100 Billion, Says Prime Minister

Published November 11th, 2017 - 01:08 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi arriving in Mosul to declare victory over ISIS there in July (file photo/AFP)
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi arriving in Mosul to declare victory over ISIS there in July (file photo/AFP)

Losses from the war on the Daesh terrorist group have cost Iraq $100 billion, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Saturday.

"Iraq has lost $100 billion in the anti-Daesh war, but we have achieved success in three battles; namely liberating the land, maintaining Iraq’s unity and standing up to the threats," al-Abadi said during a speech in the southern Karbala province.

On the crisis between Baghdad and northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), al-Abadi said "we don’t need mediation with our Kurdish people".

"[Kurdish] Peshmerga fighters enjoy patriotism, and we regret the accusations of betrayal against those who did not fight against the Iraqi army," he said.

Tensions escalated between the federal government in Baghdad and KRG following the Sept. 25 referendum on secession of the Kurdish region, which Baghdad insists is unconstitutional.

The Iraqi premier said the country’s parliamentary election would take place as scheduled in May. 

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