Iraq Asks for More Weapons; U.S. Backpedals

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he wants more military hardware from the United States. President Bush is providing more money for items like armored Humvees and BlackHawk helicopters, while the Iraqis want more unspecified firepower. The Pentagon is reluctant to give them too much weaponry, fearing it will fall into the wrong hands.

Some, like retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, want to give Iraq more arms, such as artillery. He says that if the U.S. can't push back the insurgency with all its might, how can the Iraqis be expected to do it?



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