BAQUBAH, Iraq, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Sunni Muslims in the provincial capital of Iraq's Diyala province claim they are being neglected by the Shiite-dominated central government in Baghdad.
Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih traveled to the city on Sunday and was overwhelmed with stories of despair, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Employees at a state-run electrical plant said their salaries had gone unpaid for months at a time, while others said their families had been scattered because of fear of al-Qaida militants operating in the area.
Salih told a gathering of local and tribal officials the Baghdad government has set aside $50 million to compensate residents for damage suffered during the fighting and an additional $30 million to help revitalize businesses, create jobs and support farmers, which didn't sit well with Sheik Hamid Anbagiya, the Times said.
"What you are talking about are dreams," Anbagiya said. "First we have to stop the insurgency. Then we can talk about civil services and projects."