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Islamic State: Iraq estimates damage at $100 billion

 Islamic State: Iraq estimates damage at $100 billion


Iraqi authorities have estimated that the cost of the damage from the war against the Islamic State terrorist group amounts to 100 billion dollars and hope to rebuild the country’s damaged areas over the course of 10 years.

The Iraqi government’s spokesman Saad Hadithi said in an interview with Sputnik Thursday: “the loss … was estimated at 100 billion dollars, this is the amount with which the government expects to work for 10 years within the framework of the adopted document for gradual restoration of these [damaged] areas.”

Hadithi said the authorities will be restoring government buildings, infrastructure, the services sector and public buildings in the country.

“The [Iraqi] Ministry of Planning has been working for three-four weeks to calculate [the cost] of damage inflicted on the areas freed from the IS,” Hadithi noted.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the defeat of the IS terrorists in the country on Dec. 9, after several years of violent fighting, including operations for liberating the city of Mosul, the key terrorists’ stronghold in Iraq.