Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, said that the US-led coalition seeks in 2018 to stabilize the retaken areas from ISIS in Iraq, US Department of State website reported.
He said, "we are in the business, as we’ve said before, of stabilizing these areas, clearing landmines, humanitarian, basic water, basic health, electricity."
"In Mosul today we have about 500 stabilization projects are ongoing, and we are still working very closely with our coalition to make sure that we have adequate resources for that."
He also confirmed, "looking forward a little bit into next year, Kuwait will host a very, two very important conferences in February, one together with the World Bank and the EU on a reconstruction event for Iraq to help reconstruct some of these areas; and secondly, our coalition will gather, similar to the event we had here in March, in Kuwait in the February time frame."
Concerning the IDPs, McGurk confirmed that the US-led coalition helped in the return of 2.7 million Iraqis to their homes in the recaptured areas from ISIS.
And speaking of ISIS, he said, " when it comes to ISIS, we’re not just focused on the physical space of the caliphate, though that was the calling card; it was what held the organization together. We are also talked about this a number of times from this podium – foreign fighters, counter-finance, counter-messaging is a constant, 24/7 effort from here."
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