Iraqi Prime Minister Asks US for More Airstrikes and Weapons

10 December, 2014

Ukraine, rebels have "day of silence"

The Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebel forces promised to suspend fighting Tuesday as part of a "Day of Silence."

The cease-fire appeared to be mostly quiet, although some clashes were reported.

Peace talks between the two sides also had been planned, but Ukrainian officials said negotiations will probably not begin until Friday, at the request of the rebels.

Iraqi prime minister asks US for more airstrikes, weapons

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday he was requesting more airstrikes and weapons from the U.S.-led coalition to fight Islamic State militants.

The prime minister met with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. He made an unannounced visit to Baghdad this week.

Mr. Abadi and Mr. Hagel met at the prime minister's offices in Baghdad. The prime minister told the defense secretary, "We are very thankful for the support that's been given to us."

Mr. Hagel said Monday that Iraqi forces have gained a "new momentum" in their effort to reclaim territory that the Islamic State group seized in northern and western Iraq earlier this year.


Words in the News

radical – n. a person who favors extreme changes in government

cease-fire – n. an agreement to stop fighting a war for a period of time so that a permanent agreement can be made to end the war

momentum – n. the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes