President Obama pledges $200 million in aid to Iraq during Abadi visit

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) — The United States will provide $200 million in humanitarian aid for Iraq, President Obama announced after meeting with the country’s prime minister Tuesday.

There was no mention of additional military assistance or weaponry, which Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had been expected to request during his first trip to Washington since becoming prime minister of Iraq seven months ago.


Meeting in the Oval Office, the two leaders discussed strategic partnerships in operations against the Islamic State.

Last summer the Sunni militant group seized vast amounts of territory in Iraq’s west and north. The United States has since led an international bombing campaign against the group and has provided military assistance in support of Kurdish forces as well as the Iraqi military, which previously retreated in the face of a numerically inferior IS force attacking Mosul.

Following the meeting, President Obama stressed the United…

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