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After the rocket attacks: Biden talks to Iraqi Prime Minister Walla! news

2021-02-24T08:13:16.879Z

The U.S. president's first phone call with an Arab leader came after an escalation in attacks attributed to Shiite militias. According to the White House, the two agreed to find those responsible for the shooting and bring them to justice.



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After the rocket attacks: Biden spoke with the Iraqi prime minister

The U.S. president's first phone call with an Arab leader came after an escalation in attacks attributed to Shiite militias. According to the White House, the two agreed to find those responsible for the shooting and bring them to justice.

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Guy Elster

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 09:18

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In the video: Killed and wounded by a barrage of rockets on the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq (Photo: Reuters) Follow @@ guyelster

US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi have discussed rocket fire at the US embassy in Baghdad this week, the White House said Wednesday night.

The conversation with al-Qazimi is Biden's first with an Arab leader, a month into his tenure.

According to the White House, the two said those responsible should be found and brought to justice.

It was also reported that Biden reiterated US support for "Iraq's sovereignty and independence" and praised the prime minister's leadership.



The shooting at the "green zone" in Baghdad was the third attack in a week against a diplomatic, military or commercial target of Western countries, after months of relative calm in Iraq.

The Biden administration has blamed Iran, but stressed that it is not facing escalation in the wake of efforts to return to the nuclear deal.



"We will not go out and risk an escalation playing into Iran's hands that will contribute to its efforts to further undermine Iraq's stability," said Ned Price, a State Department spokesman.

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Remains of a rocket attack on Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish region, last week (Photo: Reuters)

Washington and Baghdad suspect that rocket fire is responsible for pro-Iranian Shiite militias, although responsibility is usually accepted by small, unrecognized organizations, which are estimated to serve as a cover for larger organizations.



Al-Qazimi, who took office last year, is trying to curb the militias, but he has had little success.

In October, President Donald Trump's previous administration threatened to close the embassy in Baghdad if the attacks did not stop.

In response, the main militias declared an unofficial ceasefire, and one of them, Hezbollah battalions, condemned the recent launches.

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