October 31, 2013 2:26 pm -

Nouri al-Maliki, Eliot Engel, Ed RoyceIraq’s prime minister is asking the United States for more money saying terrorists “found a second chance” to thrive in his country.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (pictured, center) told a packed auditorium at the U.S. Institute of Peace that he needs additional weapons, help with intelligence and other assistance, and claimed the world has a responsibility to help because terrorism is an international concern.

“They carry their bad ideas everywhere,” al-Maliki said of terrorists. “They carry bad ideas instead of flowers.”

The new request comes nearly two years after al-Maliki’s government refused to let U.S. forces remain in Iraq, after nearly nine years of war, with legal immunity that the Obama administration insisted was necessary to protect troops. The administration had campaigned on ending the war in Iraq and took the opportunity offered by the legal dispute to pull all troops out.