The U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue 'is unlikely to be the reset to U.S.-Iraq relations that many are hoping for,' said Lahib Higel, Crisis Group's senior Iraq analyst. 'There is a risk that both sides enter this dialogue expecting more than what can realistically be achieved.'
Islamic State militants, meanwhile, have increased their attacks in recent months, and Iraqi and U.S. military officials say that coalition surveillance and air raids remain essential parts of the fight against the group.
As if to underscore the threat, a rocket had landed outside Baghdad's sprawling U.S. Embassy complex early Thursday morning. The attack was not claimed by any group but bore the hallmarks of previous strikes blamed by Iraqi and U.S. officials on Iranian-backed militias in the capital.
An attack by aircraft against a target on the ground, usually with bombs.
Allied forces conducted many air raids on Japan during World War II.