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Topic - Lukman Faily
NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Iraq's ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn't fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside his country, pointedly suggesting that President Obama has been less engaged with Baghdad than his predecessor.
A bloody resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq is prompting Baghdad to ask the United States for more weapons, training and manpower, two years after pushing American troops out of the country.
A resurgent al Qaeda is trying to push Iraq toward a civil war, Iraq's ambassador to the United States said on Wednesday.
"What you have in Afghanistan, with one bin Laden — you will have a thousand of them. That's the situation in Iraq," he said.
Pressed on the specific issue of barrel bombs, Faily said, "We have seen evidence of them being used. But what we are saying is that they are certainly not government-sponsored, indiscriminate barrel bombs. They are not. We as a government do not use these weapons. The issue of bombs which are taking place in Syria, people are associating it with Iraq. We don't."