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  • Retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen, Special Presidential Envoy, addresses Iraqi and Western media representatives Jan. 14 during a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Allen visited Iraq to meet with key Iraqi leaders and reinforce the international coalition’s commitment to degrade and defeat Da’esh. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Stoutamire, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

    General John R. Allen's Remarks to the Press at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq.

  • U.S. Donates 250 MRAP Vehicles, Continues Security Assistance in Fight Against ISIL (Embassy Image)

    U.S. Donates 250 MRAP Vehicles, Continues Security Assistance in Fight Against ISIL

  • Group of Alumni (Embassy Image)

    U.S. Embassy Baghdad hosts its largest alumni event for 2014.

  • Secretary and Prime Minister (Photo: State Dept)

    "(I)n a matter of months, the prime minister has spearheaded and moved forward. It's a sign of a change in Iraq and a sign of strong leadership."

  • Four men having a discussion while seated. (Photo Credit: State Dept.)

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno visits Iraq: "I am confident Iraq will defeat ISIL and emerge as a stable regional partner in the Middle East."

  • Men shaking hands. (Embassy Image)

    U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones visits the Baharka Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp and the Ankawa Mall IDP center in Erbil.

  • Service men and civilians walking down hallway. (State Dept.)

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, travels to Iraq and meets with Iraqi leaders and military counterparts.

Recent News on Iraq

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Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

  • Security Message to U.S. Citizens (November 3, 2014) >> Read More
  • Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens (October 27, 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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