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Biden to welcome weakened Iraq PM amid Iran hostility

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Washington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi on Monday in his first meeting with the weakened leader, whose loyalties are precariously split between the US ally and pro-Iran factions at home. At the heart of the meeting will be the presence of US troops in Iraq and more broadly, whether Baghdad has what it takes to stand up to residual Islamic State jihadist group cells within the country’s borders. Just last week, the IS group claimed a deadly suicide bombing at a Baghdad market that killed 30 people, according to the official toll. All the while,…

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