Biden, Kadhimi discuss recent rocket attacks

US President, Iraqi PM agree those responsible for recent rocket attacks on Iraqi and coalition must be held fully to account.

WASHINGTON - US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi discussed recent rocket attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces in a phone call on Tuesday and agreed those responsible "must be held fully to account," the White House said.

Most attacks cause no casualties but the latest rocket attack, on Monday, was the third in Iraq in just over a week to target Green Zone areas that host US troops, diplomats or contractors.

The rockets in such attacks are typically fired by groups that US and Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran.

The phone call came one day after Washington said it was outraged by rocket attacks on coalition forces and others in Iraq but stressed it would not "lash out" and would respond at a time and place of its choosing.

"We have seen the reports of the rocket fire today ... as you heard us say in the aftermath of the tragic attack in Erbil, we are outraged by the recent attacks," US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.