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    Obama: Iraq Needs More Help from U.S.

    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.

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    25th Anniversary of Freedom Day

    Remarks by President Obama in Warsaw, Poland: "Mr. President; Mr. Prime Minister; Madam Mayor; heads of state and government, past and present -- including the man who jumped that shipyard wall to..."

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    World Press Freedom Day

    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.

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    Statement by the President on Elections in Iraq

    On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the Iraqi people on the completion of yesterday’s parliamentary elections.

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    Iraqi Parliamentary Election

    Secretary of State John Kerry's statement on Iraqi Parliamentary Elections: "Millions of Iraqis courageously voted today and reaffirmed not just their commitment to democracy, but their determination to achieve a more secure and peaceful future."

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Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

  • Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens June 16, 2014

    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.

  • Iraq Travel Warning

    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.

  • Worldwide Caution
    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

  • 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. 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


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:

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.

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