Iraq's government is urging international donors to place a higher priority on completing reconstruction projects in the war-torn country, as many people live without basic supplies, including electricity and water.
Iraqi Planning Minister Barham Salih told an international donors' conference in Jordan today (Monday) that fighting corruption and rebuilding infrastructure is critical to the country's future.
Many of Iraq's most urgent rebuilding projects have been delayed because of ongoing violence.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, says a recent wave of suicide bombings in Iraq will not derail the drafting of a constitution and the election of a new government late this year. General Myers added that he expects violence to continue ahead of those events.
Some 170 people have been killed in violence in the past week, including at least 14 in a string of attacks today (Monday).