Railroad rebuilding ranks high in Iraq infrastructure plans

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BAGHDAD — Iraq seeks to rebuild its railroads.

In a recent media report, Iraqi government officials say they want to build a new rail connection to neighboring Turkey. That effort appears to coincide with Iraq's rebuilding effort in the wake of ISIS destruction in recent years.

The Daily Sabah reports that the Iraq's transport minister made the announcement about the Iraqi Republic Railways' expansion plan on television. 

The media outlet says that an existing connection with Turkey passes through a corner of Syria and is controlled by a group deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey.

A new rail connection would bypass that portion of Syria and is a high priority infrastructure project for the two countries, according to the Daily Sabah.

Meanwhile, officials in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, in Iraq, are planning on extending rail lines as part of their effort to rebuild.

Media outlet Rudaw.net reports that railroads are a priority for the region and its plans for the next four years. Details on the extent of development or costs were not published.

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