BAGHDAD, July 30 (UPI) -- Two Iraqi government officials say their country deserves international compensation and military support for being the front line in the war against terror.
Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih and Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, the government's national security advisor, said Sunday Iraq was due economic and military assistance for its attempt to fight international terrorism for other countries, The New York Times reported.
"We are fighting terrorism in Iraq, not only for Iraqis but also on behalf of the international community," said Salih.
"Iraq is now defending not only Iraqis but is also defending the region and the world," al-Rubaie said in agreement. "So what is the world giving us in return?"
The declarations came during a news conference.
The Times said the Iraq's prospects include a five-year U.N. initiative to bring in jobs and outside investors.