A bloody resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq is prompting Baghdad to ask the U.S. for more weapons, training and manpower, two years after pushing American troops out of the country.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will talk about Iraq's plight during a public speech Thursday at the U.S. Institute for Peace in Washington.

Al-Maliki is expected to discuss the request for U.S. aid with President Barack Obama on Friday. Baghdad is hoping the meeting will mark a fresh start in a complicated relationship.

The Iraqi ambassador to the U.S, Lukman Faily, tells The Associated Press that Iraqi officials know they have major challenges in bringing their own capabilities up to standard. He says Iraq needs to gear up to deal with the terrorist threat more seriously, and needs help.