US supports security responsibility in disputed territories to be handled by local forces: A US government official

US supports security responsibility in disputed territories to be handled by local forces: A US government official
Joey Hood, the Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Mission in Iraq speaking on sidelines of Sulaimani Forum, March 6, 2019

KirkukNow

Joey Hood, the Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Mission in Iraq has expressed support for the Iraqi government’s efforts “to try to get the armed groups that are not under the control of the government under their control.”

He emphasized that the US wants the areas which were retaken from the Islamic State group (IS) in Ninewa, Kirkuk and other provinces to be “fully secured by local forces so that the people feel secure when they go home.”

Speaking exclusively to KirkukNow on the sidelines of the sixth annual Sulaimani Forum which started on Wednesday, March 6th in Sulaimaniyah city, Hood said, “The United States is very interested in having smaller religious and ethnic components return to their homes after being displaced by Daesh (Islamic State group) and live there peacefully.”

The US is very interested in having smaller religious and ethnic components return to their homes

He noted that the US government has invested US$ 2.5 billion to rehabilitate schools, health clinics, water systems, electricity systems as well as the demining of more than 76,000 square meters of land to help displaced families return home.

The Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Mission in Iraq added that women and children are very important components of any society; therefore the US government has focused on providing health centers and rehabilitating schools. He added that he recently visited a health center in Ninewa’s Hamdaniya district, indicating that the center “has one of the most advanced operation theatres, where 16 children are being born there every day.”

 

 

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