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  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel(Photo Credit: Department of Defense)

    7 Nations Pledge Arms for Iraqi Kurds in ISIL Fight

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said seven nations have pledged support for Iraqi Kurds in their fight against ISIL and he expects more.

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  • Close up of Joe Biden. (Photo Credit: AP Images)

    Iraqis Must Rise Above Differences ...

    In recent months, the terrorist group known within the U.S. government as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has seized significant territory inside Iraq, exploiting sectarian divisions and political mistrust that sapped the strength of Iraqi forces.

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  • Secretary of State John Kerry Official Portrait (Photo Credit: State Department)

    Sec. Kerry on Murder of Journalist by ISIL

    James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan...

  • President Barack Obama Official Portrait (Photo Credit: State Department)

    Statement by the President

    Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL.

  • President Barack Obama Official Portrait (Photo Credit: State Department)

    Excerpts from Obama’s Remarks on Ongoing Operation in Iraq

    With respect to Iraq, we continue to see important progress across different parts of our strategy to support the Iraqi government and combat the threat from the terrorist group, ISIL.

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Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

  • Iraq Travel Warning (August 10, 2014)
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential
    travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security
  • 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.

  • 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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