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.
EXTREMISTS Khalid Mohammed/AP