The Obama administration said Friday it is sending more weapons to Iraq to help Baghdad put down a resurgent al-Qaeda that is battling government troops in cities that U.S. troops helped liberate during the Iraq war.

The weapons include tank ammunition and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles but some military analysts say more sophisticated arms may be needed – as well as boots on the ground – to ensure Iraqi troops are successful.

“We’re delivering weapons, but all of this is like a surrogate for what we do with any other country in the world, which is send a Delta detachment or Navy SEALs unit in there,” says Michael Knights, a military analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who travels frequently to Iraq. […]