TODAY   |  November 02, 2013

Iraqi Prime Minister discusses security with Obama

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reportedly requested additional aid from the United States in order to fight the rising violence in Iraq. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>>> there are heightened concerns this morning that iraq is entering a downward spiral of violence. the country's prime minister met with president obama at the white house on friday. nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engle joining us with more.

>> reporter: this is an awkward visit for president maliki coming to the united states essentially hat in hand asking for help because his country is back in a civil war . the u.n. said around a throughout people are now being killed in iraq every single month. prime minister maliki wants the united states to supply more weapons, to supply drones, and to generally get reengaged in iraq 's security. and the level of violence overall in iraq is now returned to roughly 2008 level. now that is a significant statement, because it means the gains of the u.s. surge have been effectively wiped out and that would mean a great deal for what do we know at this point? irks

>> reporter: mussad believed he was killed by a u.s. drone strike and this is something of a vendetta attack from the u.s. intelligence because mussad was believed to be responsible for organizing an attack against the cia in 2009 in afghanistan and a man who was detonating a car bombing in times square in 2010 .

>>> new revelationsry? emerging this morning