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How the U.S. is Helping Iraqis Recover from ISIS : I have spent a lot of time in Iraq. The son of missionaries, I grew up in Basrah, an oil and port city in the south. Over the years, I traveled in and out of the country for work, and I became USAID’s Mission Director in Baghdad in 2012.

But this month, as I returned to survey U.S.-funded stabilization projects and speak with Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the country I found was familiar, yet foreign. It was the same resilient and welcoming country I knew. But I also found a people traumatized and vulnerable, but resolute.

The destruction and despair left behind by ISIS was like few things that I’ve seen before. Yes, during my visit, the Iraqi Government announced victory over ISIS. The celebrations I witnessed were a demonstration of the Iraqi people’s perseverance and ability to overcome enormous challenges.

But my visit also made clear just how far the Iraqi people have to go as they work to recover. One person I met compared the destruction in Mosul to Dresden after World War II. The city has been leveled. Read more

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I have spent a lot of time in Iraq. The son of missionaries, I grew up in Basrah, an oil and port city in the south. Over the years, I traveled in and out of the country for work, and I became USAID’s Mission Director in Baghdad in 2012.

But this month, as I returned to survey U.S.-funded stabilization projects and speak with Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the country I found was familiar, yet foreign. It was the same resilient and welcoming country I knew. But I also found a people traumatized and vulnerable, but resolute.

The destruction and despair left behind by ISIS was like few things that I’ve seen before. Yes, during my visit, the Iraqi Government announced victory over ISIS. The celebrations I witnessed were a demonstration of the Iraqi people’s perseverance and ability to overcome enormous challenges.

But my visit also made clear just how far the Iraqi people have to go as they work to recover. One person I met compared the destruction in Mosul to Dresden after World War II. The city has been leveled