Billions pledged for Iraq in Kuwait, but still short of goal

Iraq desperately needs $90bn to repair war-torn country following Isis battles

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Iraq received promises of billions of dollars, mostly in credit facilities and investment pledges, on Wednesday from allies but has so far fallen short of the amount the government says is needed to recover from three years of war.

Iraq, which still owes Kuwait reparations from the 1991 Gulf War, declared victory over IS in December, having taken back all the territory the militant group captured in 2014 and 2015.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said $1 billion will be in the form of loans, and the rest will be invested in projects in the war-battered country.

"Together with community and tribal reconciliation, national political settlement and accord, based on the principle of citizenship with equal rights, obligations, justice and opportunities for all, is critically important for a future stable, united and prosperous Iraq", said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš.

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Some 2,300 companies from 70 countries are taking part in the conference, which kicked off on Monday.

She says the money will support the rebuilding of critical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, power stations, hospitals and government buildings in regions freed from the control of the Islamic State group.

Kuwait's donation particularly was in many ways stunning as only a generation ago, Saddam Hussein invaded the small, oil-rich nation.

The Kuwaiti summit brought together NGO's and countries alike to negotiate an assistance package that would help Iraq rebuild itself after 15 years of armed conflict, dating back to the 2003 U.S. invasion and culminating with the recent devastation inflicted by the "Islamic State" insurgency.

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It made the announcement on Wednesday at a conference in Kuwait City.

The destruction was heaviest in Mosul, where coalition airstrikes and extremist suicide auto bombs destroyed homes and government buildings. The United Nations estimates that some 40,000 homes need to be rebuilt in Mosul alone.

However, officials acknowledge a feeling of fatigue from worldwide donors, especially after the wars in Iraq and Syria sparked the biggest mass migration since World War II. USA government auditors also found massive waste and corruption, fueling suspicions of Western politicians like Trump who want to scale back foreign aid. Iraq also is OPEC's second-largest crude producer and home to the world's fifth-largest known reserves, though It has struggled to pay global firms running them.

However, the US has offered an over $3 billion package for Iraq from the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

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Meanwhile, regional tensions may affect how spending comes.

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