Iraq is facing a real problem in the next phase in dealing with the widespread use of weapons and the militarization of society, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri said.
During a lecture he delivered in the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), al-Jabouri said that elections cannot be held on time if its requirements were not available, including the return of displaced Iraqis and stabilization of districts.
The professionalism of the Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led coalition, has put an end to ISIS as a geographical entity, he noted.
However, the military victory is not enough. It has to be supported by a political one, he further stated.
The post-ISIS era will not be hard only for Iraq, but for all countries that are witnessing terrorist attacks that target public facilities and civilians, he pointed out.
Jabouri also said that threats will further increase if ISIS continues to use lone-wolf terror strategy, targeting more civilians and pressing western countries to flex its muscles.
The war is about to end. But Iraq is facing many challenges such as controlling non-state arms’ use and holding the elections, he added.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Jabouri met with US House Speaker Paul Ryan and other administration officials in Washington to address the situation in Iraq.