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    President Obama: "The United States' prime interest is to defeat ISIL and to respect Iraqi sovereignty... that will continue to be our policy."

  • President Barack Obama drops by Vice President Joe Biden's meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President Barzani thanked President Obama and Vice President Biden for the significant military support that the United States has provided to Kurdish Peshmerga in coordination with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi Security Forces.

  • Male speaking at podium. (State Image)

    "USAID's Primary Health Care Program benefited thousands of Iraqis throughout the country, played an important role in Iraq's National Health Policy by improving maternal and child healthcare practices."

  • Group of men shaking hands (State Dept Image)

    Special Envoy General John Allen: “We will learn and understand how the Coalition can best support the Iraqi plan for stabilizing territories your country will take back from Daesh.”

  • Five men sitting on stage (State Dept Image)

    Ambassador Jones attends Sulaimani Forum March 11: “Da’esh is losing, and now is the time to start planning for Iraq’s stabilization and recovery once they are defeated... Now is the time for reconstruction, reconciliation and reform.”

  • Two men shaking hands. (Photo Credit: State Department)

    Ambassador Stuart Jones greets the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, upon his arrival to Baghdad on March 9, 2015.

  • nimrud (Photo: State Dept)

    The United States is committed to defeating ISIL… and to opposing ISIL’s depraved acts that are an assault on the heritage of the Iraqi and Syrian people.

News from the Region

Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

  • Security Message to U.S. Citizens (November 3, 2014) >> Read More
  • Iraq Travel Warning (August 10, 2014) >> Read More

UN Security Council Statement on Iraq

  • UN Security Council expresses “deep outrage” about all Iraqis as well as nationals of other States who have been killed, kidnapped, raped or tortured by ISIL, as well as its recruitment and use of children. Read More >>


Medical Information for U.S. Citizens

  • MERS Update
    U.S. citizens in the region are encouraged to monitor the CDC's guidance relating to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS CoV) and take appropriate precautions as directed by the CDC. For more information, please visit the CDC website located at:

    Polio Update
    A resurgence of the polio virus and its rapid spread to new countries prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 5, 2014, to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The WHO recommends certain precautions to international travelers. For more information, please visit:

SIV Program Update

  • Special Immigrant Visas for Iraqis Employed By or On Behalf of the U.S. Government

    The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Iraqi nationals under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 was extended. As of January 1, 2014, 2,500 visas may be issued to principal applicants under this program, and the program will end when all visas have been issued. To learn more about this SIV program, see

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