Iraq already has a bloated and unsustainable budget. That’s largely due to the excessive number of government workers and pensions that are on the payroll. Re-instating military service would be impossible to fund. As an economics told Al Aalem this seems like a jobs program and attempt by the government to deal with the high unemployment rate amongst young people.
Al Aalem, “Compulsory conscription: a flight forward or a step to control society?” 9/2/21
Bas News, “Iraq’s Council of Ministers Passes Resolution on Compulsory Military Service,” 9/1/21
Iraqi News Agency, “Al-Kadhimi: Military Service Resolution will consolidate national values,” 9/1/21
Al Mada, “Parliamentary Security: Agrees with the government to expedite the passage of mandatory conscription,” 9/2/21
NINA, “The Military Conscription Law Is Subject To Controversy And Political Controversy And Cannot Be Enacted At The Present Time,” 9/2/21