U.S. and Iraqi officials began talks on Jun 11 over the future of the relationship between the two countries, weighing the future of American troops in Iraq as Islamic State militants pose a renewed threat here. The troops are stationed in Iraq as part of an effort to defeat the Islamic State group.
The killing of senior Iranian general Soleimani by an American drone on Iraqi territory in January had plunged the U.S.-Iraqi relationship to its lowest ebb in years. But relations have improved since the selection last month of a new prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi. As the country's former intelligence chief, Kadhimi has good relations with U.S. officials but emphasizes his desire to wrest back sovereignty from foreign powers.
A radical Sunni Islamist militant group that has seized large swathes of territory in eastern Syria and across northern and western Iraq.
Islamic State stands with al-Qaeda as one of the most dangerous jihadist groups, after its gains in Syria and Iraq.