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    Ambassador Stuart E. Jones delivering remarks at the Anbar Reconstruction Conference hosted by Anbar Governor Sohai al-Rawi on Nov. 10.

  • Two men talking. (Photo Credit: Consulate General Erbil)

    During a visit to the KRG on October 4, Ambassador Jones heard from IDPs and NGO officials about their challenges and needs.

  • Two men sitting in chairs and talking. (Photo Credit: Consulate General Erbil)

    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.

  • Three men and a woman sitting at a table. (Photo Credit: State Department)

    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.

  • Man stands and speaks at podium. (U.S. Embassy photo)

    Ambassador Stuart Jones speaking on September 6 at the Akkad Center’s Security Sector Reform Conference in Baghdad.

  • Ambassador Stuart Jones with H.E. President Fouad Massoum (Government of Iraq photo)

    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.

  • Man speaking. (Photo Credit: State Department)

    “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”

General News and Information

Press Releases and Statements

Messages for U.S. Citizens

  • Latest Iraq Travel Warning (Oct. 19, 2015) >> Read More
  • Most Recent Security Message to U.S. Citizens (September 30, 2015) >> Read More
  • Iraq Country Specific Information (Dec. 5, 2014) >> Read More

2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

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    Iraq Narrative (PDF 48 KB)
    Iraq is a source and destination country for women and children subjected to sex trafficking, and men, women, and children subjected to forced labor. The escalation of the conflict in 2014 with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) gravely increased the vulnerability of the population to trafficking, in particular women and children.
  • TIP Report 2015
    "This year's Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace... In recent decades, we have learned a great deal about how to break up human trafficking networks and help victims recover in safety and dignity. In years to come, we will apply those lessons relentlessly, and we will not rest until modern slavery is ended." - John F. Kerry, Secretary of State

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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