The Latest: Saudi Arabia pledges $1.5B to help rebuild Iraq

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir prepares for a donor's summit at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Kuwait on Wednes

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi prepares for a donor's summit at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Kuwait on Wednesd

Members of a U.S.-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State group pose for a group photograph in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. M

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The Latest on the conference under way in Kuwait to help Iraq rebuild after the devastating war against the Islamic State group (all times local):

1:30 a.m.

Saudi Arabia has pledged $1.5 billion to help rebuild Iraq after the war with the Islamic State group.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the pledge on Wednesday at a donor's summit at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City. Wednesday is the last day of an appeal for funding to come forward at the Kuwait conference.

Earlier in the day, Kuwait's ruling emir said his oil-rich nation will give $1 billion in loans and $1 billion in direct investments to help rebuild Iraq.

Overall, Iraq is seeking $88.2 billion in aid from donors.

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10:50 a.m.

Kuwait's ruling emir says his oil-rich nation will give $1 billion in loans and $1 billion in direct investments to help rebuild Iraq.

Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah made the announcement on Wednesday at a summit seeking donations to help rebuild Iraq after the war against the Islamic State group.

The announcement is in many ways stunning — many at the gathering in Kuwait remember how Iraq under dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait only a generation ago. It shows Kuwait's deep desire to see its northern neighbor have a stable government after the years of unrest following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam.

Overall, Iraq is seeking $88.2 billion in aid from donors.