International | Nations pledge $30 billion, but many needs remain
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 2/20/18, 02:40 pm
A recent conference held to raise funds for Iraq’s reconstruction secured about $30 billion in loans and investment pledges, a start toward the financial needs of a nation devastated by war and terrorism. But it will take more than money to rebuild after Islamic State (ISIS) beat down Iraqis through persecution and genocide.
“Recovery and reconciliation will be vital to prevent a new cycle of public frustration, radicalization and the risk of new violent extremism,” wrote Ahmed Twaij with the U.S. Institute of Peace.