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EXTREMISTS U.S. Sending Arms to Iraq Khalid Mohammed/AP

U.S. Sending Arms to Iraq

The U.S. is arming Iraq in its fight against al Qaeda. The terrorist group has been gaining ground in the country and neighboring Syria, and is responsible for a recent uptick in violence that has killed local officials, an Iraqi army commander, and several of his officers and soldiers. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Malaki visited the White House last month to ask for help fighting the insurgency. President Obama agreed to send dozens of low-tech surveillance drones and Hellfire missiles, despite criticism from military experts on how effective such a response could be.

December 26, 2013 9:26 AM