United Arab Emirate’s contribution towards the global coalition against Daesh

The UAE joined the Coalition in 2014 and have played a key role in the fight against Daesh. They are part of the strategic communications and stabilisation working groups and focus heavily on stabilising liberated areas in Iraq and Syria from Daesh.

Key projects in Iraq and Syria:

In 2016

  •  The UAE provided USD 10 million to the UN Development Programme’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), in support of the provision of immediate needs to newly liberated area’s in Iraq (Anbar, Diyala, Salah ad Din).
  • The UAE also provided USD 50 million to the UN Development Programme’s Funding Facility for Expanded Stabilization (FFES), in support of the liberation of Mosul from Daesh.

In 2018

  • The UAE pledged USD 500 million for rebuilding Iraq, in addition to USD 5.5 billion in private investment in Iraq

UAE’s contribution in Syria

  • USD 968.2 million in aid to the people of Syria.
  • USD 56.6 million in contributions to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF)
  •  USD 15.6 million to SRTF in 2016.
  • USD 20 million to SRTF in 2018.
  • USD 30 million through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2018.
  • 1.5 million Displaced Syrians have benefited from UAE aid.

Additional contribution’s

  • The UAE and the US launched the Abu Dhabi based Sawab Centre in 2015, which focuses on countering Daesh propaganda and recruitment online.
  •  The UAE, US joint financial counter-terrorism task force (2014), focused on combating extremist fund-raising and financial networks in the region.
  •  In addition, the UAE hosts Hedayah Centre (2015), the first-ever International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.

Media Highlights

  • https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/uae-funds-rebuilding-of-mosul-s-al-nuri-mosque-and-historic-minaret-1.724106
  • https://gulfnews.com/uae/government/uae-will-help-rebuild-iraq-with-6-billion-investments-1.2173535

Social media handles and government official websites

  • https://www.mofa.gov.ae/EN/MediaCenter/News/Pages/14-02-2018-UAE-Iraq.aspx
  • https://www.uae-embassy.org/news-media/uae-and-allies-launch-operation-against-isil
  • https://www.uae-embassy.org/about-uae/foreign-policy/uae-counterterrorism
  • http://www.hedayah.ae/
  • https://twitter.com/sawabcenter
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