Saudi Arabia says the idea’s given $100 million to northeast Syria

A Kurdish fighter by the People's Protection Units (YPG) looks at a smoke after an coalition airstrike in Raqqa, Syria June 16, 2017.

Goran Tomasevic | Reuters

A Kurdish fighter by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) looks at a smoke after an coalition airstrike in Raqqa, Syria June 16, 2017.

Saudi Arabia said early on Friday which the idea has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for “stabilization projects” in areas once held by the Islamic State group as well as at This kind of point controlled by U.S.-backed forces.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington said the money “will save lives, help facilitate the return of displaced Syrians as well as help ensure which ISIS cannot reemerge to threaten Syria, its neighbors, or plan attacks against the international community.” ISIS is usually an alternate acronym for the militant group.

The money will go toward agriculture, education, roadworks, rubble removal as well as water service for the region, which is usually at This kind of point largely held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

“This kind of substantial contribution will play a critical role within the coalition’s efforts to revitalize communities, such as Raqqa, which have been devastated by ISIS terrorists,” the embassy said in a statement.

The Syrian city of Raqqa was the seat of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” until the idea was liberated by the U.S.-backed forces last year. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council is usually the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

In May, Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened to attack areas held by the U.S.-backed forces. Saudi Arabia long has opposed Assad’s government, funding as well as arming rebels who challenged his rule as the country’s 2011 Arab Spring protests devolved into a civil war as well as then a regional proxy battlefield.

The U.S. military operates air bases as well as outposts within the Kurdish-administered region. The Saudi Embassy described the $100 million as part of a pledge made by Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during a U.S.-sponsored conference in Brussels about the Islamic State group in July at NATO headquarters.

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