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US Pledges Additional $150M to Help Stabilize Iraq

The federal government has pledged another $150 million to support a stabilization program in Iraq following the liberation of various areas in the country from the Islamic State militant group.

The U.S. Agency for International Development said Thursday it will deliver the funds to the United Nations Development Program as part of efforts to restore education, electricity, health, sewage and water systems for citizens in the liberated areas.

The additional contribution will increase the U.S. government’s total financial support for Iraq’s stabilization to $265.3 million over the past two fiscal years.

USAID added the program will also cater to temporary cash-for-work employment to jumpstart local economies and assist small businesses.

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