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Biden to meet with Iraq’s prime minister in late July

President Biden will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi at the White House on July 26, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

Why is this important: The meeting comes amid growing concerns over recent rocket and drone attacks by Iranian-backed militias against US personnel in Iraq and Syria.

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What they say : “The Prime Minister’s visit will highlight the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq and advance bilateral cooperation under the strategic framework agreement,” Psaki said.

  • “President Biden also looks forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation with Iraq on political, economic and security issues to include joint efforts to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS,” she added. .

The big picture: The Biden administration last month launched airstrikes against three facilities on the Iraqi-Syrian border from which Iranian-backed militias were carrying out drone attacks, the Pentagon said.

  • The meeting also comes as Democrats work to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) in Iraq.

  • If the repeal is passed by the Senate, it would prevent the president from carrying out attacks in Iraq without obtaining the prior approval of Congress.

Go further: US airstrikes reignite debate over Iraq’s warring powers

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