Friday, November 01, 2013

IRAQ - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Requests More U.S. Military Aid

"Lawmakers doubt if more U.S. military aid is solution to Iraq's terror threats" PBS Newshour 10/31/2013


SUMMARY:  During his visit to Washington, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked for more U.S. military aid to fight a resurgent al-Qaida threat in his nation.  But U.S. lawmakers who oppose aid are concerned the unraveling of Iraqi security comes from Maliki's own failure to "govern in an inclusive fashion."  Margaret Warner reports.

MARGARET WARNER (Newshour):  It's become an all-too-familiar scene of renewed carnage in Iraq: a bus station hit by a car bomb, one of 10 weekend attacks that killed dozens, on top of nearly 1,000 dead in September and more than 7,000 this year, according to the United Nations.

RYAN CROCKER, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq:  It is a pretty grim time in Iraq, with over 1,000 deaths a month, most of them caused by al-Qaida bombings.

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