March 22, 2017 / 4:48 PM / a year ago

Iraqi PM sees $50 billion in post-war reconstruction: U.S. senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi believes reconstruction of Anbar province as well as Mosul, in Nineveh province, will cost about $50 billion, Senator Lindsey Graham said on Wednesday, recounting a Tuesday conversation with the Iraqi leader.

Civilians flee their homes to head to safer areas due to clashes between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants in the town of Hit in Anbar province, Iraq April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

“I heard from the Iraqi prime minister yesterday — to reconstruct Anbar province and now Mosul, is about $50 billion,” Graham said at a Senate hearing, addressing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali

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