Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued a decree ordering the allocation of pieces of lands to the families of “martyrs” who lost their lives in the war against ISIS. All aspects of the armed forces will be included: Peshmerga, Hashd al-Shaabi, tribal volunteers, and the Iraqi army.
"Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi ordered the allocation of pieces of land in the residential areas of the families of the heroes who were martyred in fighting terrorism,” said Abadi's media office.
Those disabled in the war will also receive land.
The statement added that Abadi made the decision as an “expression of loyalty to the makers of victory who contributed to the elimination of ISIS in Iraq, particularly the city of Mosul.”
Abadi earlier this month declared Mosul free from ISIS after nearly nine months of battling the group.
The statement explained that each family will receive 200 square meters of land “in good residential areas within the municipal boundaries of the administrative units.”
Abadi urged relevant authorities to complete the distribution of the land before November 1, 2017.
According to the latest figures provided by Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani on his visit to Belgium in mid-July, the Peshmerga lost 1,745 lives and sustained 10,069 injures since the start of the ISIS war in mid-2014.
Iraqi officials have not released official figures of their casualties in the war, but the armed forces are believed to have suffered high losses.