Maliki seeking arms to fight armed groups

Iraqi PM Maliki travelled to the United States on Tuesday.

Maliki seeking arms to fight armed groups

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki travelled to the United States on Tuesday to press for urgent help and arms to combat the worst upsurge of violence in years.

Trained and equipped by the United States at a cost of $25 billion, Iraq's security forces are struggling against armed groups.

"The urgent thing is to supply Iraq as quickly as possible with weapons of an offensive nature to combat terrorism and chase the armed groups," Maliki said at an airport news conference before his departure.

Iraq has in the past urged Washington to speed up delivery of an order of F-16 planes, but Maliki said those would not help Baghdad fight and the priority now was to get other kinds of equipment such as helicopters.

Iraq is struggling to control the long border without foreign intelligence capabilities, and Maliki said he would seek more cooperation with Washington on that front.

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