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    On January 30 and 31, Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk, along with Amb. Jones met with PM Abadi and other officials in Iraq.

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    On January 30, Ambassador Stuart Jones delivered remarks at the National Decentralization Conference.

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    On January 28, Ambassador Stuart Jones witnessed the signing of the “GE Power Up Plan” between the Ministry of Electricity and General Electric.

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    On January 28, Ambassador Stuart Jones met with the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Hussain Shahristani.

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    On January 25, Ambassador Stuart Jones met with KRG President Massoud Barzani and other officials in Erbil.

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    On January 6, Senator Jack Reed of the Senate Armed Services Committee and U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones met with COR Speaker Salim al-Jabouri in Baghdad.

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    On December 22, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Jonathan Cohen and Dr. Ahmed Kamil Murad, Acting General Director of the Office of Museums at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, announced a grant for the preservation of the Babylon Ishtar Gate.

Press Releases and Statements

  • Special Presidential Envoy McGurk Visits Iraq

    On January 30 and 31, Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk visited Iraq to meet with senior Iraqi government and security officials. Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones, Mr. McGurk met with Prime Minister Abadi, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Anbar Governor Rawi, and other Iraqi leaders to discuss next steps in the campaign, and to congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces on recent successes in the battle against ISIL. 

  • National Conference on Decentralization, with Support from the U.S. Agency for International Development

    In remarks delivered at the January 30 National Decentralization Conference, U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones highlighted the U.S. Government's efforts, through the Governance Strengthening Project (Taqadum), to assist the Iraqi government in implementing decentralization measures. 

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 Iraq Travel Warning (Dec. 4, 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 >>


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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