Iraq, Nigeria seek additional assistance against terrorism

Leaders of Iraq, Nigeria ask for further assistance to end support flow to ISIS, its African affiliate Boko Haram

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIS

During the United Nations summit led by President Obama, world leaders gathered and shared ideas to find solutions the end the flow of those who radicalised young people to Syria and Iraq as well as block financial support that feeds ISIS and its affiliates.

During the meeting the top focus was on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is under threat of ISIS and its African affiliate Boko Haram in Nigeria on the front lines.

Abadi declared that his country has been working on reforming its military and eradicating the corruption affecting its efforts inadequately during its fight against ISIS. During his speech he also called for additional international support financially and equipping soldiers.

He said that "we can't finance all these battles that we are seeking to win."

"We need your help and the help of the international community in the financing and equipping of soldiers. We need your support in order to also take care of the people who lost loved ones and children.

Abadi said that ‘’we need your help also to determine where the radicals and terrorists are coming from — they're coming from all places of the world, from North America, from Islamic and Arabic countries, too. We need to work with neighbouring countries to stop foreign terrorist fighters [militants] from killing people in Iraq and Syria and going back to their home countries."

Iraq has been in a terror threat for a period following the US invasion to the country, toppling Saddam Hussein.

Nigerian leader Buhari also followed the description of how an ISIS affiliate, Boko Haram, pledged alliance and began adopting many of its recruitment and killing techniques.

Both Abadi and Buhari advocated a multi-dimensional campaign, put forward by US President Obama and the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon including military, financial and social efforts to counter ISIS. The most crowd-pulling feature of this campaign is social media, which ISIS has been using effectively. The campaign also pull social service organisations including imams, teachers and other leaders in as a bottom-up approach.

TRTWorld and agencies