US and Iraq set to continue strategic dialogue


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US and Iraq set to continue strategic dialogue
Baghdad needs the US to balance Iran, but only in a quiet way.
APRIL 7, 2021

The US and Iraq are supposed to continue strategic dialogue talks, with a first round taking place today. The origin of the talks is the former US administration. Iraq sought strategic dialogue with the Trump administration. “The United States and the Republic of Iraq will hold Strategic Dialogue discussions via video teleconference on April 7 in accordance with the 2008 Strategic Framework Agreement between our two countries,” the US State Department said recently.

The US invaded Iraq in 2003 and removed Saddam Hussein from office. An Iraqi constitution and elections followed in 2005. Eventually, pro-Iranian strongman Nouri al-Maliki came to power, largely with American support during the Obama administration. The US left Iraq in 2011, but soon the country was falling apart again, as ISIS threatened Baghdad in 2014 and early 2015. ISIS carried out genocide, and the US rushed resources to help train and equip Iraqi forces. Some 200,000 Iraqis were trained, and Washington also advised and assisted Iraq through the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the anti-ISIS coalition of some 60 countries.