Clarity Over U.S. Troops In Iraq To Dominate Biden-Kadhimi Meeting

Clarity Over U.S. Troops In Iraq To Dominate Biden-Kadhimi Meeting

U.S. President Joe Biden will host Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White House, the latest step in weeks of "strategic dialogue" over the future of American troops in Iraq

Andrew H. Sweet

U.S. President Joe Biden will host Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White House, the latest step in weeks of "strategic dialogue" over the future of American troops in Iraq, attacks by Iran-aligned groups, and fears of a resurgence of ISIL (ISIS).

In statements following a meeting in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State and his Iraqi counterpart stressed their commitments to continuing to work together against ISIL.

At the same time, Blinken noted that "the partnership between the United States and Iraq is much broader and deeper than even the common fight against ISIS."

However, that partnership remains uneven mainly. Iraq relies more on the U.S. presence in the country than Washington needs Baghdad.

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