Iraqi court reopens after three-year closure

| Updated: Jul 07, 2017 12:35 IST

Baghdad [Iraq], July 7 (ANI): The Nineveh Court of Appeals in eastern Mosul reopened after a three-year closure. "The reopening of government institutions in Nineveh province, including the Court of Appeals, reflects Mosul's improving security situation," reported Anadolu, quoting secretary-general of the Iraqi cabinet Mahdi al-Alaq, at the reopening ceremony. The reopening ceremony was also attended by Nineveh Governor Nawfal al-Sultan. "It also serves to reassure the local populace and represents a vital step toward Mosul's total liberation," he added. al-Alaq said that the next step is the process of reconstruction and the return of those displaced (by the conflict) to their homes. As per Abdul Zahra al-Hindawi, a spokesman for Iraq's Planning Ministry, the anticipated cost of Mosul's reconstruction would be about $50 billion to $100 billion over the next 10 years. For the last nine months, the Iraqi army has fought to drive Daesh militants from Mosul, which the terrorist group overran -- along with other parts of the country -- in mid-2014.(ANI)