Iraqi PM to ask Obama for more aid to stop attacks

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is expected to appeal to President Barack Obama for more U.S. assistance in beating back the bloody insurgency consuming his country.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, walks with Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., right, and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before their meeting. Earlier, the prime minister met with Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is expected to appeal to President Barack Obama for more U.S. assistance in beating back the bloody insurgency consuming his country.

Obama and al-Maliki will meet at the White House Friday. The Iraqi prime minister's new aid requests come nearly two years after his government refused to let American forces stay in Iraq with legal immunity after the nine-year war formally ended.

Violence started rising in Iraq within months of the U.S. troop departure at the end of 2011. The State Department says at least 6,000 Iraqis have been killed in attacks so far this year.

The White House says Obama will raise concerns about the violence in Iraq and ways to reduce it during his meeting with al-Maliki.

Associated Press
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