Washington, United States:
President Joe Biden will welcome Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi to the White Home this month, his workplace mentioned Friday.
The July 26 assembly will “highlight the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq,” the White Home mentioned in a press release.
Kadhemi and US envoy Brett McGurk mentioned the withdrawal of troops from Iraq Thursday in Baghdad.
Some 3,500 international troops are nonetheless on Iraqi territory, together with 2,500 Individuals, who’ve been posted to assist combat the Islamic State group since 2014.
In Washington, Kadhemi is anticipated to push for a concrete timetable of American troop withdrawal. The implementation of their departure may take years.
Iraq, lengthy an enviornment for bitter rivalry between the US and Iran regardless of their shared enmity in direction of IS, has seen rising numbers of rocket and drone assaults on American targets in latest months.
Kadhemi’s assembly with McGurk got here just a little greater than per week after 14 rockets had been fired on the Ain al-Assad air base, which hosts American troops in western Iraq, and three others which landed close to the US embassy in Baghdad.
They had been the newest in a spate of assaults concentrating on US navy and diplomatic amenities in Iraq. The assaults have been blamed on pro-Iranian armed teams inside a state-sponsored paramilitary drive.
Final month, the US launched air strikes in opposition to pro-Iranian militias alongside the Iraq-Syria border.
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