Secretary of State John Kerry: Governments that protect human rights and are accountable to their citizens are more secure, bolster international peace and security, and enjoy shared prosperity with stable democratic countries around the world.
President Obama’s Speech at the 2015 White House Iftar
Council of Representative Speaker Salim al-Jabouri was commended by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for his leadership in parliament and his efforts to bolster Iraq’s democracy, federalism, and national unity.
The coalition is moving forward to shrink Daesh’s territory, to cut its funding, to curb its recruiting, and to expose the gigantic gap between what Daesh claims to be and what it actually is.
President's Special Envoy General John Allen: "I am here today to affirm our unwavering commitment to helping our Iraqi partners defeat Daesh."
President Obama: "The United States' prime interest is to defeat ISIL and to respect Iraqi sovereignty... that will continue to be our policy."
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.”
Statement by the President
Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens
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
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: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-arabian-peninsula-uk
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: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/Polio.html
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 usvisas.state.gov.