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Iraqi PM, US President discuss recent rocket attacks

Iraqi PM, US President discuss recent rocket attacks

The Iraqi PM and the US president had a phone conversation, during which they discussed the recent rocket attacks, Al Jazeera reports.

US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi have discussed recent rocket attacks on US-led coalition forces in the country, the White House has said, with both leaders saying those responsible should be “held fully to account”.

“The President affirmed US support for Iraq’s sovereignty and independence, and commended the Prime Minister’s leadership,” the White House statement said on Tuesday.

On Monday, at least three rockets were fired at the US embassy in the high-security Green Zone of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, in an attack the US blames on Iran.

Most attacks do not cause casualties but the latest rocket attack on Monday was the third in Iraq in just over a week, aimed at Green Zone areas that host US troops, diplomats or contractors.

The US leader and the Iraqi top official have discussed the recent rocket attacks against Iraqi and Coalition personnel and agreed that those responsible for such attacks must be held fully to account. As the White House said in the statement:

“Together, they discussed the importance of advancing the Strategic Dialogue between our countries and expanding bilateral cooperation on other key issues.”

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday that the US holds Iran responsible for the recent attacks.