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Biden will meet with the Iraqi prime minister at the White House

The White House announced Friday that President Joe Biden will meet with Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq's Prime Minister, later in the month in Washington.

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Biden will meet with the Iraqi prime minister at the White House

This meeting, scheduled for July 26, comes at an important point in the U.S./Iraq relationship and amid growing concerns over more frequent attacks on U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Syria.

Since January's election, there have been at most eight drone attacks on the U.S. presence and 17 rocket attacks.

Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, stated that Biden also looks forward to strengthening bilateral collaboration with Iraq on political and economic security issues. This includes joint efforts to defeat the Islamic State militant group.

Attacks on U.S. forces were blamed on Iranian-backed militias, which make up the majority of Iraq's state supported Popular Mobilization Forces.

The Biden administration responded by attacking two militia groups in Syria that were operating within Syria, one of which was close to the border with Iraq.

This relationship has been complicated by last year's U.S. drone strikes that killed Qassim Soleimani, Iran's expeditionary Quds force commander, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a senior Iraqi militia commander at Baghdad International Airport. The strike was ordered by Donald Trump, the former president.

However, the Biden administration is trying to revive the Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran. There have been indications that Iran wants to curtail, at least temporarily, militia attacks against the U.S.

Esmail Ghaani, the successor to Soleimani, called last month on Iranian-backed militias for calm until after talks between Iran and America.

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