Fanning those sectarian flames has been the rapid resurgence of al Qaeda’s Iraqi faction.
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The Obama administration has approved plans to send a slew of weapons and equipment to Iraq, as Baghdad continues to battle back against al Qaeda’s resurgent terror cell in the country.
The weapons shipment, first reported by the New York Times, includes 75 Hellfire missiles as well as 10 Navy ScanEagle surveillance drones.
The missiles, the predominant weapon used in U.S-led armed drone strikes, were reportedly delivered to Iraqi forces earlier this month.
The Navy surveillance drones are scheduled to arrive in Baghdad early next year, a State Department official told CNN.
“The recent delivery of Hellfire missiles and an upcoming delivery of ScanEagles are standard [foreign military sales] cases that we have with Iraq to strengthen their capabilities to combat this threat,” the official said.
“We remain committed to supporting the government of Iraq in meeting its defense needs in the face of these challenges,” the official added.