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    IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department Director Masood Ahmed said that IMF and Iraqi officials will discuss further steps to help the country move forward after a seven-year war and amid current turmoil.

    LIMA (Sputnik) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Iraqi officials will discuss further steps to help the country move forward after a seven-year war and amid current turmoil, IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department Director Masood Ahmed told Sputnik on Thursday.

    "We are going to have a meeting with them [Iraqis], and then we'll see how best we move forward," Ahmed said on the sidelines of the annual IMF and World Bank meeting.

    Ahmed reminded that the IMF recently provided more than $1 billion in support to Iraq "to help address the financial costs this year [2015]."

    "As to what we can do next, that will be the topic of the conversation I have with them when I meet with them," he concluded.

    The United States, together with its allies, invaded Iraq in March 2003 and officially pulled its troops out of the country in 2011. The war, which resulted in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime, claimed the lives of about 200,000 soldiers and civilians, and left thousands displaced.

    Recently, the Islamic State militants seized vast areas of Iraq, triggering further humanitarian crisis in the country.

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