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Iraq Pays $300 Million To Terror Victims

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, violence in Iraq has produced innumerable victims in need of financial compensation, writes Omar al-Shaher.
Iraqi civil defence personnel and people gather at the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad's northwestern Kadhimiya district January 5, 2012. A set of explosions involving two car bombs in Kadhimiya killed at least 15 people and wounded 32, police and hospital sources said. Bomb attacks targeting Shi'ite Muslim areas of Iraq killed at least 67 people on Thursday, police and hospital sources said, ramping up fears of an increase in sectarian strife.  REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST CRIME LA
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Iraq has been taking initiatives to help the families of the people who died or were wounded as a result of the acts of violence that have shaken the country since the fall of the regime of late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003. In this framework, the funds paid by Iraq to its citizens who are known as “the victims of terrorist attacks and military errors” have exceeded $300 million up till now.

While Iraqi politicians consider spending money on such areas more important than squandering it for the sake of annual governmental allocations, economists believe that such expenditures have contributed to increasing consumerism in Iraqi society.

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