BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister said Monday his country needs greater support from the international coalition so it can ‘‘finish’’ the Islamic State group.
Haider al-Abadi said the ‘‘marked increase’’ in airstrikes, weapons deliveries, and training has helped roll back the extremist group but more is required to eliminate the group.
‘‘We want to see more,’’ Abadi told journalists as he boarded a flight to Washington where he will meet with President Obama as part of his first official visit to the United States as prime minister.
‘‘We can finish Daesh . . . and we can stop their advance in other countries,’’ he added, using the group’s Arabic acronym. ‘‘We are the only country with armed forces on the ground fighting Daesh. We need all the support of the world.’’
The United States and its coalition allies have carried out nearly 2,000 strikes in Iraq since its campaign began in August — as well as nearly 1,400 in neighboring Syria. American officials say the campaign has been somewhat successful, though it is likely to stretch on for years.
In November, Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to bolster Iraqi forces, which could more than double the total number of US forces to 3,100. The Pentagon has made a spending request to Congress of $1.6 billion, focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
According to a Pentagon document prepared in November, the United States is looking to provide an estimated $89.3 million worth of weapons and other equipment to each of the nine Iraqi army brigades.
In its blitz last year, the extremist group captured large swaths of land in Iraq’s north and west, along with nearly a third of neighboring Syria. The militants’ offensive plunged Iraq into its worst crisis since the 2011 US troops withdrawal.
Airstrikes from the US-led coalition have been helping Iraqi government forces, and allied Shi’ite and Sunni fighters, as they try to recapture key cities and territory.
Earlier this month, Iraqi forces and allied Shi’ite militias, backed by US airstrikes, were able to recapture the city of Tikrit from the Sunni militants in what was the government’s first major victory in Iraq’s Sunni heartland.
In an interview in January, Abadi said Iraq was battling the Islamic State militants ‘‘almost on our own,’’ adding that ‘‘there is a lot being said and spoken, but very little on the ground.’’ His tone ahead of his trip to Washington on Monday was noticeably more positive, describing international support as making ‘‘good progress.’’
Iraqi officials believe the Islamic State group is coming under increasing pressure and does not have the same strength, funds, or resources as last June, when the militants launched their offensive across northern Iraq and captured the city of Mosul.
Over the weekend, Iraqi forces, backed by coalition airstrikes, repelled an attack by Islamic State on Iraq’s largest refinery in the town of Beiji.
‘‘Daesh [has] an urgent necessity for oil for its use and also for money,’’ said Iraq’s Oil Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who was part of the delegation traveling to Washington.
Abadi also said that Iraq’s relationship with neighboring Iran is ‘‘very balanced’’ and that those at odds with Iran should not ‘‘throw their problems on us.’’
Both the United States and Iran are helping Iraq battle the Islamic State but insist they are not coordinating their actions on the battlefield.
Iranian generals and advisers have played an unusually public role in recent battles, particularly in Tikrit, collaborating with senior Iraqi military officials on the front lines.
Several countries in the region have accused Iran of meddling in the affairs of Arab nations — most recently in Yemen, where Shi’ite rebels backed by Iran have taken over the government, prompting a coalition of Sunni Arab nations to launch an
In Baghdad on Monday, a car bomb parked near an outdoor market in a busy commercial area killed at least 10 civilians, Iraqi officials said.
The pickup truck, loaded with vegetables and fruits, was parked in the southwestern, Shi’ite-dominated Amil neighborhood, a police officer said. The explosion also wounded at least 25 civilians, he added.
A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombing.