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US speeds up drone, missile deliveries to Iraq

Updated: 2014-01-08 08:16
By Agence France-Presse in Washington ( China Daily)

The United States said on Monday it would speed up its deliveries of missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq as the Baghdad government battles a resurgence of al-Qaida-linked militants.

The White House, meanwhile, dismissed claims that the fighting, which has seen militants retake the city of Fallujah, was a result of US President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw US troops.

US Vice-President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and "expressed concern for those Iraqis who are suffering at the hands of terrorists", a statement said.

US speeds up drone, missile deliveries to Iraq