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."
國際危機組織的資深伊拉克分析師希格爾表示，「美伊 戰略會談」不可能會讓眾所期盼的美伊關係回到重修舊好的地步。雙方啟動會談，期待達成超乎實際能耐的協議， 勢必會有風險。
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.