The United States said on Monday it is accelerating its military sales and deliveries to Iraq to help the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government fight al-Qaeda-linked militants in the restive Anbar province.

The United States is looking to provide additional shipments of Hellfire missiles as early as this spring, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in a briefing, according to Reuters.

Carney said the United States will provide 10 ScanEagle surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Iraq in upcoming weeks and 48 Raven surveillance UAVs later this year to help Iraq track al Qaeda-affiliated groups. […]