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  • Men standing and talking. (State Dept.)

    “On April 8, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Baghdad and met with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi and other senior government officials.”

  • Man speaking to audience. (State Dept.)

    “During an April 8, 2016 visit to Baghdad, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the U.S. would provide an additional $155 million in humanitarian assistance for Iraq.”

  • Man and woman take photo. (State Dept.)

    On March 30, Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan, an Iraqi Woman, received the Secretary of State’s 2016 International Women of Courage Award.

  • Man speaking at podium. (State Dept.)

    On March 14, Ambassador Stuart Jones spoke at the inauguration of the new American University of Kurdistan - Dohuk.

  • Men sitting. (State Dept.)

    On March 16 and 17, Ambassador Jones attended the Fourth Annual Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq.

  • Group in dance class. (Photo Credit: State Department)

    April 4-14, U.S.-based artist Mario Jaramillo visited Basrah to lead workshops focused on theater, dance, folklore, and visual arts.

  • Man speaks at podium next to servicemen. (U.S. Embassy photo)

    Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk speaking at the Mar. 3 graduation for Iraqi police who completed training taught by Italian Carabinieri.

Press Releases and Statements

  • New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

    Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing nearly $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance to displaced and conflict-affected Iraqis within Iraq and throughout the region who are in urgent need of support.  

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Visits Baghdad

    John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs, announced that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Baghdad, Iraq, on April 8 to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and Council of Representatives Speaker Saleem al-Jabouri. 

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.  More Information »

  • 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.   More Information »

General News and Information

Messages for U.S. Citizens

  • Latest Security Message to U.S. Citizens (Feb. 29, 2016) >> Read More
  • Iraq Country Specific Information (Jan. 28, 2016) >> Read More

  • Latest Iraq Travel Warning (Dec. 4, 2015) >> 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 >>


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