The United States government has demonstrated its commitment to Iraq’s development by investing nearly $8.8 billion since 2003 on infrastructure and projects promoting civil society, democracy, and economic growth, as well as projects focused on humanitarian assistance, education, health, and the environment.
For example, the U.S. Agency for International development’s Community Action Program helped local communities from Dohuk to Al Anbar to Basrah complete 10,000 local projects, such as building schools, health clinics, roads, and water networks.
Even though U.S. troops departed over a year ago, we continue to work with Iraq to rebuild its military into a more professional and effective defense force that contributes to peace and security in the region. Through the Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation, we are equipping Iraq with aircraft and naval vessels to help it protect its borders and meet its legitimate defense needs in the coming years. Our important military leadership, human rights, and technical training programs for Iraqi military personnel are part of a close and productive security relationship which we expect will grow and evolve for years to come.
The overall relationship between the United States and Iraq goes beyond politics, economics, and security. We are particularly proud of the people-to-people connections. We are supporting programs in the arts, sciences, and education and are partnering with universities throughout the country to institutionalize the educational linkages that are vital to both countries.