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June 20, 2014 3:20 PM

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BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials Friday welcomed help from the United States but say they need more than just a few hundred advisers to counter the insurgents taking over huge swathes of Iraq.

"We welcome U.S. assistance but we need more help from the U.S. Air Force — ours is still very fragile and underdeveloped," said Ali Al Musaw, an adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "The danger is serious and the whole world must stand to face up to the terrorists."

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