Iraq seeking US drones to curb al-Qaida threat

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Children inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. A wave of car bombs in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday killed and wounded dozens of people, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq's top diplomat says lethal U.S. drones could be based in Iraq to help fight a growing threat by al-Qaida.

The Iraqi foreign minister is Hoshyar Zebari (HOH'-shayr zuh-BAH'-ree).

Zebari said Friday that Iraqi forces need U.S. help with surveillance and analyzing intelligence. He suggests that an unspecified but limited number of American counterterror advisers could be stationed in Iraq to help its military deter a recent spike in deadly attacks.

His comments come 20 months after the U.S. military left Iraq because the two countries could not agree to keep some American troops there to bolster security.

Asked for specifics, Zebari said drones could be part of a U.S. package of support for Iraq.

Spokesmen at the Pentagon and State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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