Iraqi PM in Mosul to accelerate reconstruction of war-ravaged region

Ninewa August 16, 2021- Council of ministers meeting chaired by PM Kadhimi in Mosul. Council of ministers’ media

By Ammar Aziz in Ninawa

The Iraqi Prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi chairs a cabinet session on Monday in Mosul, center of the war-torn province of Ninewa to boost the reconstruction process caused by the Islamic State ISIS and the war against it.

The PM is to address the path of reconstruction process, reduce routine in state offices, the dossier of reparation of people suffered damages by Daesh and the fight against it and the admin issues the local government faces, said Ali Omer Gabo, deputy governor of Ninewa for affairs of the IDPs.

The visit was scheduled in July yet it was postponed due to the trip of Kadhimi to the US, Gabo added.

Gabo said that people complain that their affairs at government offices are going in a slow path and the PM will address the issue in detail. “Some decisions might be taken. The return of the IDPs and their compensation will be part of the cabinet session.”

The city Mosul is home to a population of 1.5 million. The city sustained heavy damage after IS militants wept across Ninewa. Thousands of buildings, mostly on the western side of the city are still in ruins.

By the end of 2017, Mosul had been devastated as government forces battled to regain control of the city from the terrorists.


Ninewa August 16, 2021- PM Kadhimi paid a visit to Mosul Dam. Council of ministers’ media

Kadhimi is planning to visit the district of Shingal and an Iraqi army unit deployed there.

“The trip to Mosul and Shingal is very important and we hope he will issue important orders in the interest of the people of Mosul and Shingal as the area generally is in need for rebuilding and compensation of its people,” Gabo added.

Naqtiq Alo Ahmed, media officer of Shingal police said they were informed about PM visit to Shingal. “All preparations done to welcome him.

Kadhimi is planning to meet in Unit 20 of Iraqi army in Shingal and later pay a visit to the village of Kojo where ISIS left 17 mass graves.

Ezidis are an ancient and secretive ethno-religious community whose faith has long left them as targets for persecution. Entire neighborhoods in the town of Shingal were destroyed in the U.S.-backed fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS.

Shingal, located 120 west of Mosul, on the border of Iraq-Syria, is home to the Ezidi minority targeted by IS and one of the disputed territories between Baghdad and Erbil. 

Seized in August 2014 by ISIS militants whom accused the Ezidis of being “heretics,” Shingal has been the scene of tragedy: a genocidal campaign of killings, rape, abductions and enslavement, amounted to genocide lately acknowledged by parliaments of Belgium and Netherlands.

The complex texture of the security and administrative situation in Shingal is an aftermath of ISIS reign In the Ezidi-dominant region of Shingal, only three thousand square km, Baghdad federal and Erbil regional governments compete to establish their rule: three local administrations want to administer the district, and eight different military and security forces are deployed, some loyal to Baghdad, others to Erbil.

In October 2020, the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government KRG signed the Shingal Agreement aimed to reorganize the security and administrative dossiers in the district, under which local police, national security and intelligence run the security of the town, while the Iraqi army forces would be deployed in the suburbs.

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