The first strategic Iraq-US talks in a decade will chiefly address the fate of the US-led military coalition and economic ties [File: Khalid Al-Mousily/Reuters]

Baghdad and Washington are poised to launch strategic talks on Thursday to reset ties after months of tensions.

However, even with a new US-friendly Iraqi premier, a major breakthrough is unlikely.

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Due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions, top-level talks expected to take place in Baghdad have been demoted to a brief online kick-off session.

That has tempered expectations for the first strategic dialogue between Iraq and the US in a decade, which will chiefly address the fate of the US-led military coalition, as well as economic and cultural ties.

“The entire US-Iraq bilateral relationship will not be fixed in a

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