US speeds up military deliveries to Iraq

The United States is fast-tracking deliveries of military hardware, including drones and missiles, to Iraq, a Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement.

Armed tribesmen deployed on the streets take control of the city of Ramadi. Credit: Reuters/Ali al-Mashhadani

The US promise comes after al Qaeda-linked militants took over parts of Ramadi and Falluja, strategic cities on the Euphrates River.

The US ruled out sending American troops to Iraq, two years after Washington ended nearly a decade of occupation.

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Iraqi troops battle al Qaeda fighters in Falluja

raqi troops trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi after shelling the western region's other main city, Falluja, overnight, tribal leaders and officials said.