Recent News on Iraq
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using ...
Secretary Kerry spoke with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari today to discuss the situation in Iraq.
Washington - U.S. airstrikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of Islamic ...
The United States strongly condemns the vicious attack today on innocent men, women, and children inside a mosque ...
Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens
travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security
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.
- 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
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:
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 http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/Polio.html
Open to alumni of U.S. government-sponsored
exchange program: the 2014-2015 Alumni Small Grants Program. Apply for a
grants for projects advancing the goals of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic
Framework Agreement. Applications forms for individuals and
organizations contain additional information.
Contact: Iraqialumni@state.gov with any questions or inquiries.
Deadline: July 1.
U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement (PDF 648 KB)
Blank Application SF-424 Form (PDF 265 KB)
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: http://iraq.usembassy.gov/siv-special.html.
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.