Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is calling on the United States to help his country fight terrorists as he prepares for talks with President Barack Obama in Washington on November 1.
A group of influential U.S. senators, meanwhile, has warned that Maliki's "mismanagement" has contributed to a surge in violence in Iraq.
In a commentary
in "The New York Times" on October 29, Maliki said Iraq is facing an Al-Qaeda terrorist campaign and that he wants the United States to provide sophisticated weapons to fight the terrorists.
He said Iraq is on the road to "security, democracy, and prosperity" and asked Washington for "patience."
Also on October 29, in a letter to Obama a group of both Democratic and Republican senators said that a "failure of governance is driving many Sunni Iraqis into the arms of Al-Qaeda."