US speeds up supply of military equipment to IraqNew Age Online
The US says it is speeding up the supply of military equipment to Iraq to help its government fight militant groups in western Anbar province, BBC reported.
The White House said additional surveillance drones would be delivered within weeks and more Hellfire missiles sent in the next few months.
Fighting in Anbar has led to some of the heaviest clashes in Iraq for years.
Iraqi forces are preparing for an assault on the city of Fallujah, which has fallen to the militants.
Much of the city is reported to be controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - known as ISIS - and Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has urged residents to drive them out.
The city of Ramadi has also fallen to anti-government Sunni tribes.
As the violence increased, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the US was working closely with Baghdad to develop a "holistic strategy" to isolate al-Qaeda affiliated groups.
He said there had already been some successes but the situation remained "fluid".
"We're accelerating our foreign military sales, deliveries, and are looking to provide an additional shipment of Hellfire missiles as early as this spring," he said.
"I can add that in addition to those Hellfire missiles through our FMS (Foreign Military Sales) programme we will also be providing 10 ScanEagle surveillance UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in the upcoming weeks and 48 Raven surveillance UAVs later this year."
US Secretary of State John Kerry has already stated that no US forces will return to Iraq.
Correspondents say that despite withdrawing from Iraq at the end of 2011, the US remains a key security partner, providing more than $14bn (£8bn) worth of weapons to Baghdad since 2005.
Earlier, Mr Maliki said that if people in Fallujah expelled "terrorists", they would be spared military action.
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