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US speeds up drone, missile deliveries to aid Iraq

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:31 AM
 
This Apr 23, 2008 United States(US) Navy photo shows an MH-60R Seahawk firing a Hellfire missile during training near San Diego, California. US 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-Qaeda-linked militants. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) 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-Qaeda-linked militants.

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

The Pentagon said that Washington would accelerate delivery of 100 more Hellfire missiles, which were due to be sent to Iraq in the next few months.

Colonel Steven Warren said an additional 10 ScanEagle surveillance drones would also be delivered.

 
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