Austria trains collide in deadly accident


…As Planning Ministry says Iraq’s reconstruction will cost $88.2bn***

One person was killed and at least 22 others, including children, were injured Monday when two trains collided in a “serious” accident in Austria, police said.

The passenger trains collided shortly before 1 p.m. in Niklasdorf, about 40 miles north of the city of Graz, near the town’s station, Austrian police tweeted. Police spokesman Leo Josefus said one train hit the side of the other train.

One train also derailed during the crash.

A woman was killed in the collision, police said, citing rescue workers at the scene.

At least 22 people, including three children, were injured in the incident, though it’s unclear how serious the injuries were.

Austrian Federal Railways tweeted there was a “serious accident” near Niklasdorf’s station and that rescue workers were heading to the scene.

Meanwhile, rebuilding Iraq after years of war and economic turmoil will cost 88.2 billion dollars, the director-general of the country’s planning ministry, Qusay Abdulfattah, told an international conference in Kuwait on Monday.

Abdulfattah said about 22 billion dollars will be required in the short term and 65 billion dollars in the medium term, Adulfattah said at the conference, which was arranged to discuss Iraq’s reconstruction.

The housing sector has the most urgent need for funds.

The Iraq War began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a U.S.-led coalition that overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein.

The conflict continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government.

UN said an estimated 151,000 to 600,000 or more Iraqis were killed in the first three to four years of conflict.

The U.S. became re-involved in 2014 at the head of a new coalition; the insurgency and many dimensions of the civil armed conflict continue.

The invasion occurred as part of a declared war against international terrorism and its sponsors under the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The invasion began on March 20, 2003, with the U.S., joined by the UK and several coalition allies, launching a “shock and awe” bombing campaign.

Iraqi forces were quickly overwhelmed as U.S. forces swept through the country.

The invasion led to the collapse of the Ba’athist government; Saddam was captured during Operation Red Dawn in December of that same year and executed by a military court three years later.

However, the power vacuum following Saddam’s demise and the mismanagement of the occupation led to widespread sectarian violence between Shias and Sunnis, as well as a lengthy insurgency against U.S. and coalition forces.
Many violent insurgent groups were supported by Iran and al-Qaeda in Iraq.

The U.S. responded with a troop surge in 2007. The winding down of U.S. involvement in Iraq accelerated under President Barack Obama.

The U.S. formally withdrew all combat troops from Iraq by December 2011.

Additional report from Fox News