During a visit to the KRG on October 4, Ambassador Jones heard from IDPs and NGO officials about their challenges and needs.
Ambassador Jones and President Massoud Barzani discuss security, humanitarian aid, and economic issues in the region during the Ambassador’s October 4 trip to the IKR.
On Sept. 10, Douglas Ball from USAID and Independent High Electoral Commission Chairman Sarbast Mustafa Rashid marked the conclusion of a 4-year Elections Support Program.
Ambassador Stuart Jones speaking on September 6 at the Akkad Center’s Security Sector Reform Conference in Baghdad.
Ambassador Stuart Jones met with H.E. President Fouad Massoum on September 1. The Ambassador underlined the United States’ support for the Government of Iraq’s fight against Da’esh; they both stressed their support for the Prime Minister’s reform agenda.
“I’m pleased to announce that the United States will contribute an additional $62 million in assistance to displaced Iraqis... With this new funding, the United States has now provided more than $475 million in humanitarian assistance to the region”
U.S. Contributes $8.3 Million to Stabilization Fund for Iraq
On October 4, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart E. Jones traveled to Dohuk, in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region for a meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, Kurdistan Region Security Council Chancellor Masrour Barzani, and the Governor of Dohuk, Farhad Amin Atrushi.
Recent news reports alleging that the U.S.-led coalition has halted air operations or military cooperation with Iraqi Security Forces are simply untrue.
Messages for U.S. Citizens
2015 Trafficking in Persons Report
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.