Secretary Pompeo announces providing $17 million of additional demining efforts

“I’m pleased to announce today the department is providing an additional $17 million of additional demining efforts in the Nineveh region in Iraq. This is on top of the 90 million we have provided countrywide in this year alone. The additional funding will help us make more progress in clearing mines from areas with a ...
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Regional English Language Officer meets with the Embassy program graduates

Recently the Embassy’s Regional English Language Officer met with 26 graduates of three different English language programs: American English Webinars, American English -Teacher courses and the English Language Specialist Program, at the Information Resource Center at University of Baghdad. He handed out the certificates and books to the graduates and discussed the future of the ...
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U.S. Water Conservation Expert Dr. Barney Austin Meets with Iraqi NGOs

U.S. water conservation expert Dr. Barney Austin met with NGOs in Baghdad last week to discuss how they can use activism to help focus citizen and government efforts to conserve water. He shared examples of how individual citizens, when working cooperatively, can help to better manage the use and conservation of water. Dr. Austin’s visit ...
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U.S. Embassy Baghdad Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was proud to celebrate World Press Freedom Day alongside the National Union of Iraqi Journalists, the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum, and the Journalistic Freedom Observatory in a special event at The Station on May 3. We hosted two discussion panels on the topic of “War Correspondents” and “The Role of ...
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U.S. Ambassador visits Nassiriya

The Ambassador and the Acting Consul General visited Nassiriya, in Dhi Qar province, where they conducted meetings with the Governor, business leaders, and representatives from several minority groups in the province. They also toured the relic Mesopotamian landscapes of the Ziggurat of Ur, accompanied by a team of Iraqi and American archaeologists, and discovered some ...
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The Ambassador and Mrs. Silliman visit Baghdad Mall

Ambassador and Mrs. Silliman, along with other US Embassy staff members, visited Baghdad Mall yesterday. Thanks to our hosts, CEO Ammar Alkhafaji, Managing Director Anwer Abdul Lateef, and Marketing Director Jamal Alashi. “There is a huge opportunity for U.S. companies and franchises such as those here at Baghdad Mall – Hardee’s, Skechers, Nestle Toll House ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Attends 5th U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Nizar Khairallah met  in Baghdad and convened the fifth meeting of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee. Together, they affirmed the significant progress we have made in our bilateral relationship since our two nations signed the Strategic Framework Agreement in 2008. The important ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Meets with Prime Minister Abadi

During his meeting with Prime Minister Abadi, Deputy Secretary Sullivan congratulated him and the Iraqi people on the bravery of the Iraqi Security Forces and their successful liberation of Iraqi territory from ISIS. The United States will continue to work with the Government of Iraq to ensure the scourge of ISIS is never repeated and ...
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Ramadi is firmly on the path to recovery and stabilization

“Ramadi is firmly on the path to recovery and stabilization. It is an honor to be visiting this city at this important moment in history.” – U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Joey Hood Watch Chargé d’Affaires Joey Hood’s remarks about the Iraqi Security Forces’ success driving ISIS out of Ramadi and all of Iraq, and the ...
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Charge d’Affaires Visit to Ramadi

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Joey Hood visited Ramadi on December 21 at the invitation of Governor Halbousi. In meetings with the governor and sheiks from throughout Anbar, he discussed U.S. support for the Government of Iraq’s efforts to bring internally displaced Iraqis back to their communities following the defeat of ISIS. The United States is ...
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Ambassador Silliman at the Iraq Banking and Investment Summit

Ambassador Silliman joined other distinguished guests and speakers at the Iraq Banking and Investment Summit on December 2. The Ambassador spoke about the need to create economic opportunity for Iraq’s younger generation through a transition from a government-controlled, oil-based economy, toward a more diversified free market system that fosters and encourages private investment. He noted ...
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U.S. Department of State issues grant to the American University of Iraq in Sulaimania

We are glad to announce that the U.S. Department of State has awarded $5,000,000 grant to the American University of Iraq (AUIS) in Sulaimani! The grant will fund merit scholarships for AUIS students, who represent the Kurdish, Arab, Turkmen, Muslim, Yezidi, Christian, and even Syrian refugee communities in Iraq. Through AUIS, the United States is ...
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Ambassador Douglas Silliman Meets with Iraqi Spokespersons

We were pleased to welcome official Iraqi spokespersons and representatives from Government of Iraq media offices to Ambassador Silliman’s home today after their Embassy-sponsored visit to the United States. Our Iraqi friends shared with the Ambassador what they learned in the United States and we discussed steps forward to continue to fight the extremist messaging ...
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Ambassador Douglas Silliman visit to Fallujah

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman highlighted U.S. Government support for stabilization efforts in Fallujah during his remarks today alongside Anbar Governor Suhaib Al-Rawi. Through UNDP, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad funded the rehabilitation of key water treatment facilities and supplied medical equipment for seven public health centers and the rehabilitation of 20 schools.  
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Official Iraqi Spokespersons Attend the Daily Press Briefing of the U.S. State Department

Today the delegation of official Iraqi spokespersons attended the daily press briefing with the official spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, Heather Nauert. After the briefing, Ms. Nauert and the spokespersons exchanged ideas on how we can work together to fight the scourge of extremist messaging that threatens both our countries. This Embassy-funded visit highlights ...
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Official Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga Spokespersons Visit Washington

Official spokespersons from the Government of Iraq and Kurdish Peshmerga are in Washington this week to meet their counterparts from the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State. An amazing sign of bilateral friendship and a symbol of the U.S. commitment to a federal, democratic, unified, and prosperous Iraq!
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Independence Day Celebration in Basrah

Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Williams and Consul General Dayton were honored to host an Independence Day Celebration yesterday in Basrah. They were joined by a diverse group of Basrawi leaders to celebrate the 241st anniversary of American Independence. At the event, Chargé Williams recognized the sacrifices of southern Iraqis who helped liberate Mosul. It was truly ...
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The U.S. Embassy Hosts the Independence Day Celebration

Today the Embassy hosted a celebration marking U.S. Independence Day. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Douglas Silliman highlighted the continuing cooperation between our two countries based on the Strategic Framework Agreement and reinforced our shared commitment to defeating ISIS. We thank our many Iraqi friends who attended the event. Pictured from right to left: National ...
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U.S. Supports Program to Improve Local Services to Iraqis

On Sunday, May 21, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Williams and the USAID Acting Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Maria Longi attended the final workshop of the joint U.S.-Iraqi Taqadum program.  The $106 million initiative, funded by the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), helps local Iraqi authorities improve public ...
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Consulate Erbil Visits Baharka IDP Camp

On May 20, Economic and Commercial Affairs Officer Sharyn Fitzgerald attended the opening of a greenhouse project at Bahirka IDP camp. The project, sponsored by Mass Group Holding and implemented by Kurdish Human Rights Watch (KHRW) and the Kurdish American Cooperation Organization, established eight greenhouses to be managed by resident IDP families. The project seeks ...
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Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad held a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, America’s premier academic exchange program. Since 1946, over 370,000 students and scholars from 160 different countries have participated in the program, including over 500 Iraqi artists, writers, politicians, scientists, business executives, and educators. No ...
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Ambassador Silliman’s meeting with members of the American Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman addressed members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Baghdad at their annual meeting at the Embassy. Ambassador Silliman praised Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s commitment to bringing more American companies to do business in Iraq, stating “Now is the best time in years to press for reforms, and to ...
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Consul General’s Visit to Muthanna

After his recent visit to Uruk, the Consul General remarked: “We were so impressed by the quality of this UNESCO World Heritage site and its significance for all humanity. This site – and other magnificent antiquities in southern Iraq – present opportunities for American universities, museums, NGOs, scholars, and investors to partner with Iraqi authorities ...
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Ambassador Silliman at the Iraq Energy Forum 2017

On April 2, Ambassador Silliman spoke at the Iraq Energy Forum 2017, where he emphasized the importance of energy to the rebuilding and stabilization of Iraq and the need for reform in confronting Iraq’s economic and energy challenges. He also raised the need to eliminate corruption, diversify the economy and develop a holistic and integrated ...
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Consul General Ken Gross opened new American Corner at the University of Kurdistan Hewler

On February 28, The Consul General Ken Gross helped open our new American Corner today at the University of Kurdistan Hewler. This is a cultural and informational center that offers a library, access to online journals, advising services for students interested in studying in the U.S., and a variety of ongoing cultural and English-language programming. ...
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Ambassador Silliman met with Prime Minister Abadi

On February 2, American Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman and Commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve General Stephen Townsend, met with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. The Ambassador, Prime Minister and General discussed the recent achievements by Iraq forces against Daesh and the support of the International Coalition in the fight against ...
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Consul General Basrah Visit to Muthanna

On January 23, Consul General Win Dayton enjoyed the hospitality and generosity of Muthanna province. During meetings with Governor Dr. Faleh Abdul Hassan al-Zaiyadi and First Deputy Provincial Council Chairman Mohammed Hissoni and other Council members, Consul General Dayton discussed investment, security, and education issues. They also discussed the success of USAID’s Taqadum program, which ...
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CG Basrah Visit to the al-Moosawi Dates Factory in Basrah

There is nothing that tastes better than a date from southern Iraq! This week, Consul General Win Dayton was warmly welcomed at the al-Moosawi Dates Factory and was shown the hospitality for which Iraq is famous. The factory is a shining example of Iraqi entrepreneurship and is exporting dates to Europe and exploring markets elsewhere. ...
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Ambassador Silliman Roundtable with Iraqi Local Media

In roundtable session with Iraqi Journalists U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman commended the bravery of all the Iraqis fighting to liberate Mosul from Da’esh. He noted that the battle to free Mosul is difficult because of the size of the city and the “abomination” of Da’esh using civilians as human shields and attacking aid-distribution ...
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Basrah Consul General Dayton Donates Backpacks During Visit to Maysan

Consul General Win Dayton was received with legendary Maysani hospitality on a recent visit to Al Amarah. The Consul General met with Provincial Council Chairman Monther al-Shawai and members of the Provincial Council. He also took time to speak with students and presented a donation of backpacks full of school supplies and English language teaching ...
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Ambassador Silliman meets with a group of Iraqi students and graduates

On Tuesday December 13, 2016 , AMB Silliman and Arsalan Suleman, the Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, met a group of civic-minded undergraduates and recent college graduates to discuss issues such as human rights, countering violent extremism, health, education, entrepreneurship, and science and technology.        
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Deputy Chief of Mission Meets with Alumni

During a recent visit to Basrah, Deputy Chief of Mission Stephanie Williams held a round table discussion with Alumni of State Department exchange programs. The Alumni have participated in either short or long-term professional and academic programs in the United States and now maintain an active Alumni Association which conducts community service projects.
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DCM and Basrah CG Visit Um-Qaser Port

Last week, Deputy Chief of Mission Stephanie Williams and Consul General Win Dayton met with Umm Qasr North Port Director Captain Hamid Bkheet and Umm Qasr South Port Director Captain Salim Jabbar and toured the port facilities. They praised the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) and the port’s management for welcoming foreign investors ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces First-Step in $1 Billion Sovereign Loan Guarantee for Iraq

Today the Government of Iraq signed a loan guarantee agreement with the United States. The signing represents the first step in the process for Iraq to obtain greater access to international capital markets. After specific legal requirements and policy considerations have been satisfied, Iraq can move forwards to become the beneficiary of a U.S. sovereign ...
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DCM Visits Mosawi Mosque

Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Stephanie Williams, visited the Mosawi Grand Mosque when she was in Basrah last week. We were honored by the kindness and generosity of his Excellency Sayed Abdalali Al-Mosawi, who welcomed our special guest so warmly.
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Medical English Program

Congratulations to the first graduates of the U.S. Consulate’s Medical English Program. Dr. Welker, our resident surgeon, gave weekly lectures, for six weeks, to Medical students from the University of Basrah. This allowed students to practice use of advanced English for medical purposes. The Consulate will continue the program for additional students to create important ...
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AMB Silliman meeting with MP Shabak and MP Al-Qadu

Ambassador Silliman met with MP Salim Juma’a Shabak and MP Dr. Hunain Al Qadu to discuss the unity within the Shabak community in Iraq and efforts to restore normal life to areas liberated from Da’esh’s brutal control. Ambassador Silliman assured the MPs that the United States is committed to supporting the Shabak community through working ...
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U.S. Consulates Hosts Election Event

Consulate General Basrah extends its thanks to our 80 plus distinguished guests from government, academia, and civil society who attended our post-election brunch this morning! Before entering the ballroom, our guests were greeted with life-size cutouts of the Presidential candidates and opportunities for pictures. The catered event included a variety of savory Iraqi finger foods ...
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Consulate Hosts Women’s Roundtable Discussion

On September 6, 2016, the U.S. Consulate in Basrah hosted nearly two dozen females leaders from the provinces of Dhi Qar, MAysan, Muthanna and Basrah for a series of roundtable discussions. The Iraqi women met with female Consulate officers from the Economic, Political and Public Affairs sections to discuss opportunities and challenges for women and ...
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USG trains Southern Refinery Company in Project Management

Remarks by Brian Shelbourn – Economic Officer – U.S. Consulate Basrah Your Excellency Director General Mahmood Abd al- Ameer Hashim, Tarabot Sub-Committee and Project Management Department Head Mr. Ibrahim Abd Al Zahra, Head of Information and Primavera Section Mr. Fadi Salem, Head of Cost Estimation Section Mr. Tahseen Ali Ahmed, Distinguished SRC Project Managers and ...
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U.S. Consul General Ken Gross

Ken Gross, the Consul General in Erbil, is a career member of the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service. Mr. Gross previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan from 2009-2012. He has had two previous overseas postings in Iraq, including as Principal Officer at the Regional Embassy Office in Basrah, and he returned ...
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U.S. Consul General Mitman Visited Mamilyan IDP Camp in Duhok

On June 30, Consul General Matthias Mitman visited the Mamilyan IDP Camp and observed livelihood programs coordinated by the Social Education Economic Development NGO and the United Nations Population Fund. These programs included a woodworking training facility, cooking workshops, music and enrichment programs for children, and psychosocial services for trauma victims. During the visit, CG ...
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Consul General Matthias Mitman hosted Iftar for Peshmerga soldiers

On June 27, Consul General Matthias Mitman hosted an Iftar for over twenty Peshmerga soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade. The guest of honor was the Acting KRG Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Karim Sinjari. Mitman told the Kurdish soldiers that the U.S. is proud to partner with the Peshmerga in their fight against Da’esh ...
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On June 2, Ambassador Stuart Jones and Consul General Matthias Mitman celebrated our 240th Independence Day in Erbil

On June 2, the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil hosted distinguished guests including IKR President Massoud Barzani for a celebration of the two hundred and fortieth Independence Day of the United States of America. Ambassador Stuart Jones and Consul General Matthias Mitman welcomed the crowd, which included officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government, military and ...
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On May 30, Consul General Matthias Mitman visited injured Peshmerga soldiers in the hospital

On May 30, U.S. Consul General Matthias Mitman visited Peshmerga soldiers at the Erbil’s Emergency Management Center who were injured in the ongoing conflict with Da’esh in Khazir, Ninewa. This visit took place on Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday that honors those military men and women who have given their lives in defense of their ...
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On May 3, Consul General Matthias Mitman delivered remarks on World Press Freedom Day

In celebration of World Press Freedom Day, Consul General Matthias Mitman addressed journalists, KRG officials, and other defenders of media freedom at Metro Center’s event, Defending Journalists in the IKR. In his remarks, Consul Mitman stressed that a free press is necessary for government accountability, open societies, and economic development. He also praised the work ...
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On May 5, Deputy Principal Officer Roy Perrin participated in a commemoration of the Holocaust

On May 5, the U.S. Consulate General Deputy Principal Officer, Roy Perrin, joined Sherzad Omar Mamsani, the Jewish Representative in the Kurdistan Ministry of Religion, for an historic commemoration in Erbil that marked the first Jewish Remembrance Day for Victims of the Holocaust. A moment of silence was observed in respect for the millions who ...
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Consul General Matthias Mitman attended the commemoration honoring the 25th anniversary of Operation Provide Comfort on April 4, 2016

On April 4, Consul General Matthias Mitman spoke at a commemoration honoring the 25th anniversary of Operation Provide Comfort. Along with representatives from the British, French and Turkish Consulates General in Erbil and the Kurdistan Regional Government, CG Mitman paid tribute to those who had sacrificed their lives in the effort to provide a safe ...
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Secretary Kerry Presents the 2016 International Women of Courage Award to Nagham Nawzat of Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry honored Yezidi activist Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan with the 2016 International Women of Courage Award. The award goes to women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve others’ lives. Dr. Hasan was one of the first physicians to provide psychological ...
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Consul General Matthias Mitman delivered remarks at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani

On January 21, Consul General Matthias Mitman delivered remarks at the Center for the Development of Natural Resources’ “Escaping the Rentier Model: Reforms in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region” conference, hosted by the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. Consul General Mitman focused on the need for transparency and accountability in the economic reform process, ...
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U.S. Consul General Steve Walker Visits Basrah Governor Majid al-Nasrawi, Reaffirms U.S.-Iraqi Partnership

On August 3rd, Basrah Governor Majid al-Nasrawi welcomed U.S. Consul General Steve Walker, in his first official visit since assuming his duties at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. Consul General Walker expressed appreciation for the opportunity to represent the United States in Iraq’s southern provinces, and affirmed his commitment to advancing economic, commercial, and ...
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U.S. Consulate General Basrah Hosts Iftaar Dinner

On July 15th, U.S. Consulate General Basrah continued its traditional recognition of the Holy Month of Ramadan with an Iftaar dinner hosted by Consul General Matthias Mitman. A broad range of key leaders from across southern Iraq attended the event, which served as an opportunity for discussion, fellowship, and reflection on the significance of Ramadan ...
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President Obama meets with Speaker al-Jabouri in Washington

Readout of Meetings with Salim al-Jabouri, Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives President Obama dropped by a meeting today at the White House with Vice President Biden and Salim al-Jabouri, Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives. President Obama and Vice President Biden commended Speaker al-Jabouri for his leadership in parliament and his efforts to bolster ...
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