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Obama endorses Iraqi premier and his fight against ISIL during White House visit

President Obama has announced almost 190 million euros worth of extra humanitarian aid for Iraq in a show of support for visiting premier Haidar

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Obama endorses Iraqi premier and his fight against ISIL during White House visit

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President Obama has announced almost 190 million euros worth of extra humanitarian aid for Iraq in a show of support for visiting premier Haidar al-Abadi.

It’s the Iraqi leaders first visit to the White House who is battling ISIL extremists while struggling to keep numerous militias under check as they take on the militants.

Defence expert Denise Natali believes Abadi may need more support if Iraq is to have a future.

“Right now, there is fighting ISIS and then there is the problem that the ISIS threat has been superimposed over territories, resources, revenues. How are you now going to put together a country full of militia one under (Iraqi?) security forces. How do you get populations to go back to territories and live where their neighbors have slaughtered them and vice versa.”

Prime Minister al Abadi has sought to establish a more inclusive government unlike his predecessor to soften the sectarian divisions.

Our correspondent in Washington, Stefan Grobe sums up: “Abadi enjoys a considerable amount of goodwill from the Obama administration – unlike his predecessor Al-Maliki. And yet, Iraq still faces important questions about the course of the campaign against ISIL, how to handle the pro-Iranian militias and how to tame a multi-billion dollar deficit.”