Calling the situation in Iraq "clearly an emergency situation," President Obama said June 12 that the Iraqi government will need more help from the United States and the international community to keep jihadists from getting a permanent foothold in the region.ALSO: Story
May 3 we commemorate World Press Freedom Day at a time when for too many, a free press is under assault, and the journalists, bloggers, photographers, essayists, satirists, and essayists who give life to the words “free press” are in danger.
News from the Embassy
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad offers its congratulations to the Iraqi people on the safe return of President Jalal Talabani to Iraq.
Biden’s Call with Next Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/texttrans/2014/07/20140715304039.html?CP.rss=true#ixzz37fT9z3li
This afternoon, Vice President Biden called Salim al-Jabouri to congratulate him on his selection as the next Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.
We congratulate the Iraqi people on the election of a new parliamentary Speaker and two Deputy Speakers.
U.S. calls on all Iraqi political forces tounite against ISIL, adhere to the constitution, and accelerate government formation.
Recent and Current Embassy Activities
The U.S. Embassy hosted Dr. Nabeel Khoury in Baghdad from February 18 to March 1 to provide workshops for the press offices of Iraqi government institutions on a “Responsible Press Office.”
In recognition of President's Day, Embassy officers spoke with Iraqi students about visionary leaders from U.S. history.
On January 22, U.S. Embassy officers participated in the Commerical Law Development Program’s (CLDP) Vis Moot Court program at the Al-Rasheed Hotel.
During opening remarks, organizers of the 5th Baghdad International Film Festival (October 6-10) publicly praised the U.S. Embassy for its role in funding the opening and closing ceremonies, festival publications, a photography exhibit, and a two-day photography and cinematography workshop at a local orphanage.
Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens
As a result of ongoing instability and violence in certain areas of Iraq, Embassy Baghdad is reviewing its staffing requirements in consultation with the State Department. Some additional U.S. government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated – both to our Consulate Generals in Basrah and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman. Overall, a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the Embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Iraq because of current safety and security concerns. For complete information please visit Security Message for U.S. Citizens.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation. On June 16, the Department of State began relocating some staff members from the Embassy to the Consulates General in Basrah and Erbil and Iraq Support Unit in Amman. The Embassy remains open and is operating. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 11, 2014, to update information on security incidents and to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Iraq, including kidnapping and terrorist violence. The ability of the Embassy to respond to situations in which U.S. citizens face difficulty, including arrests, is extremely limited.
For detailed information please visit Iraq Travel Warning.
- The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 25, 2013, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide.
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:
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. All travelers to or from the countries currently infected and exporting wild poliovirus -- Pakistan, Cameroon, and the Syrian Arab Republic -- should receive polio vaccinations within twelve months of international travel. U.S. citizens should be aware that they may be subject to additional polio vaccination requirements to enter or exit these countries.
In addition, WHO declared seven countries -- Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, and Somalia -- infected with wild poliovirus but not currently exporting it. These countries pose an ongoing risk for wild poliovirus exportations in 2014. U.S. citizens visiting or residing in these countries may wish to take additional precautions, including determining if they should receive polio vaccinations prior to international travel.
For more information, please visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/Polio.html
Open to alumni of U.S. government-sponsored
exchange program: the 2014-2015 Alumni Small Grants Program. Apply for a
grants for projects advancing the goals of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic
Framework Agreement. Applications forms for individuals and
organizations contain additional information.
Contact: Iraqialumni@state.gov with any questions or inquiries.
Deadline: July 1.
U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement (PDF 648 KB)
Blank Application SF-424 Form (PDF 265 KB)
Notice to American Citizens
The Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program benefiting individuals who have been employed by, or on behalf of, the U.S. government in Iraq has been extended through passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2014. The NDAA authorizes the issuance of 2,500 immigrant visas after January 1, 2014 to qualified principal applicants. For the most recent information regarding the SIV program, please visit: http://iraq.usembassy.gov/siv-special.html.
American Citizen Services
American Citizen Services: If you have an emergency (death, serious injury, abduction, or imminent threat to safety), we have several different numbers for you to reach us.
For Emergencies Only:
From Iraq: 0770-443-1286 or 0760-030-4888
From the United States: 011-964-770-443-1286 or
301-985-8841 ext. 4888
The Consular Section will not accept phone calls about visa cases. If you have questions about a visa to the United States, please contact one of our visa units.