U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: "America will continue to be a partner as Iraqis build a future for their country that is one of peace, hope, and opportunity for all their people."
"(I)n a matter of months, the prime minister has spearheaded and moved forward. It's a sign of a change in Iraq and a sign of strong leadership."
U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno visits Iraq: "I am confident Iraq will defeat ISIL and emerge as a stable regional partner in the Middle East."
U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones visits the Baharka Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp and the Ankawa Mall IDP center in Erbil.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, travels to Iraq and meets with Iraqi leaders and military counterparts.
"We are united in our goal to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL so that it's no longer a threat to Iraq, to the region, or the international community."
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad continues strengthening America's bilateral relationship with a unified Iraq.
Special Greeting from Ambassador Jones
Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens
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 >>
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: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-arabian-peninsula-uk
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. For more information, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/Polio.html
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 usvisas.state.gov.