WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (HY'-dahr ahl ah-BAH'-dee) is making an in-person appeal to President Barack Obama for more help to defeat the Islamic State militants.
Al-Abadi is making his first visit to the White House since being elected prime minister seven months ago.
He is hoping recent gains in the fight will encourage more investment from a war-weary U.S.
Al-Abadi says the increase in U.S. airstrikes, weapons deliveries and training has helped roll back Islamic State forces. But he says he needs greater support from the international coalition.
The White House is signaling that more aid could be coming. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech touting momentum in the fight against the Islamic State and saying more aid is needed to make more progress.