U.S. Welcomes Certification of Elections

U.S. EMBASSY BAGHDAD Office of the Spokesperson __________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 20, 2018 U.S. Welcomes Certification of Elections We welcome Sunday’s certification of national election results by the Federal Supreme Court and are encouraged by the commitment of Iraq’s newly elected leaders to form a new government on Iraq’s constitutional timeline. Formation of a ...
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Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Consulate Compound in Erbil

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Consulate Compound in Erbil, Iraq In a demonstration of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman and U.S. Consul General Ken Gross broke ground today on the new U.S. ...
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Readout of USAID Administrator Green and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback’s Trip to Northern Iraq

For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE July 5, 2018 Readout of USAID Administrator Green and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback’s Trip to Northern Iraq At the direction of Vice President Mike Pence, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback led a U.S. delegation ...
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U.S. Lawmakers Visit Baghdad, Erbil, and Mosul

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham, Jeanne Shaheen, and Elizabeth Warren visited Iraq July 1-4 to meet with senior Iraqi government and security officials and to observe Iraq’s stabilization efforts following the military defeat of ISIS.  Senators Graham and Shaheen spent July 1-2 discussing Iraq’s cooperation with the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS with U.S. and Iraqi ...
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United States Commemorates World Refugee Day

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. As global displacement has reached record levels, it is ...
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U.S. Condemns Recent Bombings in Baghdad

U.S. EMBASSY, BAGHDAD Office of the Spokesperson May 26, 2018 U.S. Condemns Recent Bombings in Baghdad The U.S. Mission in Iraq condemns yesterday’s bombing of the Communist Party headquarters in Baghdad, as well as the bombing that took seven lives in Baghdad’s al-Shula neighborhood on May 23.  Such craven acts of political violence and terrorism ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights.  Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Around the world, far too many governments continue to arrest and abuse ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State About the Iraqi Parliamentary Election

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO Iraqi Parliamentary Election The United States congratulates the Iraqi people on today’s parliamentary election. Citizens from every ethnic and religious group, and from all 18 provinces, including those internally displaced, made their voices heard. The newly elected members of parliament will have the important task of forming ...
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The U.S. Embassy Announces Open Application Period for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program. Applications are due June 30, 2018. Detailed program information, eligibility guidelines, and application procedures can be found at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad website at:  https://iq.usembassy.gov/education-culture/exchange-programs/flta-program/ The FLTA Program is a nine-month ...
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Humphrey Announcement

U.S. EMBASSY, BAGHDAD OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON __________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                April 30, 2018   U.S. Embassy Announces Application Period for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program   The United States Embassy in Iraq is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year Fellowship program is offered ...
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United States Concerned over Use of Defamation and Intimidation in Political Campaigns

The Embassy of the United States in Baghdad expresses its concern over recent reports of harassment, online slander, and defamation of character against candidates for the parliamentary elections. In particular, we find the attacks and smears against women during the current electoral campaign to be disheartening and reprehensible.  Attempts to insult candidates’ dignity are abusive, violate ...
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Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Peek Visit Iraq

Between April 16-18,‎ Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Andrew Peek visited Iraq to meet with senior Iraqi government and security officials and to see the progress made in stabilizing Iraq after the liberation of its territory from ISIS.  Accompanied ...
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USAID Holds Co-Creation Workshop in Baghdad

March 19, 2018 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) concluded a two-day workshop in Baghdad with 33 organizations seeking to create and design activities together that will assist in the voluntary return of displaced Iraqis to the Ninewa Plain and western Ninewa, and to encourage those who are already in their communities to ...
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The United States Welcomes the Reopening of Iraqi Kurdistan Airports to International Flights

The United States welcomes the agreement reached between the governments of Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region that has led to the re-opening of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s airports to international flights today. The negotiations to re-open these airports represent an example of how constructive dialogue can lead to the resolution of disagreements in a ...
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Announcing the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for 2019-2021

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is pleased to announce the opening of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program competition for 2019-2021. This academic exchange program is funded by the U.S.  Department of State and was initiated by U.S. Senator William J. Fulbright in 1946 to increase international educational exchange between Americans and citizens of more than ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Condemns the February 19 ISIS Attack near Hawijah

The United States Embassy in Baghdad strongly condemns the ambush and brutal murder of Popular Mobilization Forces members, carried out yesterday by ISIS near Hawijah in Kirkuk Province. As Prime Minister Abadi has stressed, the fight against ISIS in Iraq is not over. Though the military campaign against ISIS has ended, remnants still cling to ...
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Ambassador Silliman and Lise Grande of UNDP Visit the Ninewa Plains

Ambassador of the United States to Iraq Douglas Silliman joined the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and UNDP Resident Representative Lise Grande on February 9 for a visit to several sites in the Ninewa Plains to highlight the U.S.-UN partnership in supporting the Iraqi government’s efforts to help its most vulnerable people return ...
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Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan’s Meetings in Iraq

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan’s Meetings in Iraq From January 27-29,‎ Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan visited Iraq to participate in the fifth U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee and for meetings with senior Iraqi government officials. Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, Deputy Assistant ...
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Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee

The United States of America and the Republic of Iraq are committed to developing and enhancing our enduring partnership based on shared interests that will continue to expand in the coming years.  As we maintain our robust security partnership to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS, we are reinvigorating our political and economic relationship to ...
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Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations

Effective January 20, there has been a lapse in appropriations funding the U.S. Government. Per instructions from the Department, all Mission employees should report to work on Sunday, January 21 and await further guidance. At this time, scheduled passport and visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and U.S. Consulate in Erbil will continue.
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United States Supports Iraqi National Elections on May 12

The U.S. government strongly supports holding the Iraqi national elections in May 2018, in line with the Iraqi constitution.  Postponing the elections would set a dangerous precedent, undermining the constitution and damaging Iraq’s long-term democratic development. To that end, the United States is providing assistance that will help ensure that all Iraqi voices are heard ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Condemns the January 15 Terrorist Attack in Baghdad

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad strongly condemns the suicide bombings that killed and wounded many Iraqis in Baghdad on the morning of January 15.  We send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and join all of Iraq in mourning the loss of these innocent lives.  We wish a quick recovery to those ...
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United States to Provide Additional $75 Million for Iraq Stabilization

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman announced today that the U.S. government is providing $75 million in additional funding to help stabilize Iraq following its full liberation from ISIS.  The United States plans to provide a total of $150 million for stabilization efforts in 2018, which will bring the total U.S. contribution to $265.3 million ...
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Protection of Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press in Iraq

The United States supports freedom of expression in Iraq as a key component of the country’s democratic foundation, as enshrined in the Iraqi Constitution.  We are concerned by recent actions to curb the operations of some media outlets through force or intimidation, specifically yesterday’s raid by Kurdistan Regional Government security forces of the NRT offices in ...
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President Trump’s National Security Strategy

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 18, 2017   The United States faces a 21st century global environment that presents unconventional threats from non-state actors, as well as challenges to our economic and national security from traditional state actors. Whether the threats are rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons, terrorists plotting ...
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USAID Counselor Thomas H. Staal Visits Iraq

USAID Counselor Thomas H. Staal, a former USAID Iraq Mission Director and now one of the agency’s top officials, returned to Iraq December 5-10 to advance U.S. efforts to help Iraq’s most vulnerable communities following the defeat of ISIS.   While in Baghdad, Staal met with government officials including Dr. Mahdi al-Allaq, Secretary General of ...
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Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State for Religious Minorities Visits Baghdad

The Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia, Knox Thames, returned to Iraq November 28-30 for his second visit in three months. During this visit to Baghdad, the Special Advisor met with the Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Saleem Al-Jabouri, Chief Justice/ Chairman ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Condemns the November 27 Terrorist Attack in Nahrawan

The Embassy of the United States in Baghdad strongly condemns the terrorist attack and suicide bombing, for which ISIS claimed responsibility, yesterday in Nahrawan, southeast of Baghdad. The U.S. Embassy sends its sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this brutal attack and to all of Iraq. We also wish a quick recovery ...
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Support for Safe, Dignified, and Voluntary IDP Returns

The U.S. Embassy reiterates the U.S. Government’s support for the safe, dignified, and voluntary return of people displaced by the military operations to defeat ISIS. The Embassy views with great concern reports of individuals being forced to leave displacement camps and centers in Anbar Province and in other areas, including parts of Salah ad Din. ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Condemns the November 21 Marketplace Attack in Salah El Din Province

The United States Embassy in Baghdad strongly condemns the cowardly car bomb attack in a Tuz Khurmatu vegetable market yesterday that killed more than 20 innocent Iraqis and injured dozens more. As Prime Minister Abadi has stressed, the fight against terrorism in Iraq is not over.  As the military campaign against terrorists in Iraq nears ...
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Condolences on the Death of Iraqi Helicopter Crew in a Training Accident

The United States Mission in Iraq expresses its deepest condolences on the death of Iraqi Security Forces service members in a helicopter training accident in Wasit province yesterday. These brave soldiers sacrificed their lives in service to their country and in preparation to defend Iraq. Our hearts are with the family and friends of the ...
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U.S. Government Officials Meet with Basrah Governor and Provincial Council to launch Takamul project

The U.S. Consul General, Timmy Davis, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director, Dr. William Patterson, met with Basrah Governor, Asaad al-Idani, the Acting Provincial Council Chairman, Waled Ghaitan, and other provincial council members on November 6. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the new USAID Iraq Governance Performance ...
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USAID Press Release: Funding Opportunity for Return of IDPs in the Ninewa Plains

USAID Press Release: Funding Opportunity for Return of IDPs in the Ninewa Plains Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office in Iraq issued a call for expressions of interest to fund activities that assist in the voluntary return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Ninewa Plains and western Ninewa, and to ...
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Statement on Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s Referendum

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson The United States is deeply disappointed that the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to conduct today a unilateral referendum on independence, including in areas outside of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The United States’ historic relationship with the people of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region will not change in light of today’s non-binding ...
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Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s Planned Referendum

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON September 20, 2017 Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s Planned Referendum The United States strongly opposes the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s referendum on independence, planned for September 25.  All of Iraq’s neighbors, and virtually the entire international community, also oppose this referendum.  The United States urges Iraqi Kurdish leaders to ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Proposed Referendum

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 15, 2017 The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month.  The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat ISIS and stabilize ...
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Condemnation Statement on Terrorist Attack in Nasiriyah Province

We strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack in Nasiryah Province and offer our condolences to the victims and their families.  This attack is yet another example of the cowardice of Da’esh and other extremist groups targeting innocent civilians in their desperate attempts to sow discord among the people of Iraq while they face overwhelming defeat on ...
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Condolences for the Passing of Major Nour Al-Khazzali

The United States Mission in Iraq expresses its deepest condolences for the passing of Major Nour Al-Khazaali while undergoing F-16 pilot training in Arizona. Major Nour Al-Khazaali eagerly undertook the courageous challenge of rigorous training, the most difficult such program a pilot can undertake, with the intent of coming back to Iraq to defend his ...
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Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk Visits Iraq

Between August 19-23,‎ Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk visited Iraq to meet with senior Iraqi government and security officials.  Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, Mr. McGurk met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Speaker of Parliament Saleem al-Jabouri, and other senior political, religious, and security figures.  The Special ...
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U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack on Iraqi Embassy in Kabul

The United States Embassy in Iraq strongly condemns yesterday’s heinous terrorist attack against the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the Afghan nationals who lost their lives during the attack.  We wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured. The United States stands by the ...
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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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Updates Regarding the Recent Executive Order on Visas

An order issued by a U.S. District court in the state of Washington  on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. ...
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Executive Order Affecting Visa Travel to the United States

President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27th temporarily suspending entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Executive Order imposes on nationals of certain designated countries a 90-day bar on entry into the United States.  This bar also includes a ...
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U.S. Applauds Iraqi Government Announcement of Liberation of Eastern Mosul

U.S. Applauds Iraqi Government Announcement of Liberation of Eastern Mosul After a hard-fought campaign, the Government of Iraq announced the liberation of Eastern Mosul, January 24, 2017.  The United States congratulates the brave Iraqi Security Forces, including the Iraqi Army, CTS, Peshmerga, Federal Police and all formations of the Iraqi forces who fought valiantly against ...
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“Violence Against Women is a Violation of our Global Humanity”

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign that takes place each year from 25 November to 10 December. Widely known as the “16 Days Campaign,” it is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women ...
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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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U.S. Embassy Statement on Continued Humanitarian Assistance for Iraqi IDPs

The United States remains committed to supporting the humanitarian needs of Iraqis as a result of the ongoing war against Da’esh. Since 2014, the United States has given more than $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to help the Iraqi people rebuild their communities, return to their homes, and get back to their lives. U.S.–funded demining ...
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U.S. Ambassador Douglas Silliman Visits Sulaimaniyah

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, accompanied by Erbil Consul General Ken Gross, met Hero Talabani, Barham Salih, Nawshirwan Mustafa, Kosrat Rasul, and other political leaders in Sulaimaniyah. The parties discussed addressing the needs of internally displaced persons, the battle against Da’esh, on-going stabilization efforts, and the economic challenges facing the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.  Ambassador ...
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Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq Totals Over $1 Billion

The United States is providing more than $181 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Iraqi people to address critical humanitarian needs, including those expected to occur with Iraq’s planned military offensive to liberate Mosul from Da’esh occupation. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced this new funding today, bringing U.S. humanitarian assistance ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken Travel to Iraq September 14-15

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Iraq today to discuss key political, economic, humanitarian, and security issues with government officials, including our long-term partnership with Iraq under the Strategic Framework Agreement. The Deputy Secretary is accompanied by Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, and Joseph Pennington, Deputy ...
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Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk Visits Iraq

On August 11-14,‎ Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk and his deputy, Lt. General (R) Terry Wolff, visited Iraq for meetings with senior Iraqi government and security officials.  Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones,  Mr. McGurk met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Minister of Defense Khalid al-Obaidi, ...
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Opening the World to Basrah, and Basrah to the World

The U.S. Consulate General in Basrah congratulates their Excellencies the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, and Governor Dr. Majid Al-Nasrawi, on the opening of a new liaison office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Basrah.  The office and the associated decentralization of services will benefit the citizens of southern Iraq and the diplomatic ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits Iraqi Kurdistan Region

From August 4-6, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones visited the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), where he met with IKR President Massoud Barzani, and other senior Kurdistan government and security officials. In his meeting with President Barzani, Ambassador Jones praised the IKR for its important role in fighting Da’esh, as well as the tremendous support ...
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U.S. Embassy Congratulates Iraq on UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation

The U.S. Embassy congratulates the government and the people of Iraq on the inscription yesterday by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee of the Ahwar of Southern Iraq – also known as the Iraqi Marshlands – to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This new inscription recognizes the outstanding universal natural value of the Iraqi Marshlands as one ...
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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Trade Enhance Economic Partnership with New Memorandum of Understanding

On July 13, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart E. Jones and Iraq’s Minister of Trade Salman al-Jumayli signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the purchase and supply of U.S. rice for the Iraqi public distribution system. Millions of Iraqis will benefit from the high-quality and competitively-priced rice from the United States. In signing the ...
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world who are celebrating the joyful occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, prayer, contemplation, and community service. At the same time, we are ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Baghdad Attacks

The United States Mission in Iraq strongly condemns Da’esh’s recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, which have killed and injured hundreds of innocent civilians.  Our deepest condolences go to the victims’ families and friends. We also wish a speedy recovery to the many people who were injured. These attacks are yet another ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces $2.7 Billion Credit Facility for Iraq’s Military

Today U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones and Minister of Finance Hoshyar Zebari signed a declaration of intent to extend a $2.7 billion Foreign Military Finance (FMF) credit facility. As Ambassador Jones noted, “This FMF facility will allow Iraqi Security Forces to defer payment for the purchase of ammunition and maintenance of its F-16s and ...
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2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Delegates from Iraq

The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil is pleased to announce that Ms. Talan Aouny and Ms. Bahar Ali will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. They will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders in ...
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New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC In light of recent events in Iraq, and in response to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ recent appeals for emergency needs in Fallujah, the United States is announcing an additional $20 million in humanitarian aid to UNHCR’s Iraq response. This will be part of a larger package of ...
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Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk in Iraq

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk visited Iraq from June 18-21. Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones, Mr. McGurk met with senior government and security officials, including Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, COR Speaker Jabouri, Anbar Governor Rawi, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Barzani and KRG ...
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Statement on the Citizenship Revocation of Sheikh Isa Qassim

Press Statement Jon Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Washington, DC We are alarmed by the Government of Bahrain’s decision to revoke the citizenship of prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim. We remain deeply troubled by the Government of Bahrain’s practice of withdrawing the nationality of its citizens arbitrarily, the overall precedent that this case ...
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U.S.-Norwegian Demining Initiative

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Today in Oslo, the United States and Norway announced the U.S.-Norwegian Demining Initiative. This effort reflects a new chapter in our longstanding partnership to address the humanitarian impact of landmines and unexploded ordnance that is saving lives and helping post-conflict communities around the world rebuild. Under this ...
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U.S. Ambassador Jones Travels to Erbil for Meetings with Kurdistan Regional Government Leaders

On June 11, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones traveled to Erbil for meetings with top political leaders, including IKR President Masoud Barzani, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, and PUK Politburo member Barham Salih. Ambassador Jones discussed the political situation, economic reform plans, and the $480 million in ongoing U.S. humanitarian and military assistance, including ...
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Ambassador Stuart Jones’ Remarks on the Occasion of U.S. Independence Day

Greetings, and thank you Matthias. Thank you to everyone here tonight for joining us a little early to celebrate our Independence Day. I want to particularly acknowledge President Barzani: Mr. President, we are honored by your presence here as well as so many other representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government. And we are honored to ...
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Consul General Matthias Mitman’s Remarks on the Occasion of U.S. Independence Day

Welcome, and thank you all for taking the time to join us on this, our 240th anniversary of independence. I’d like to particularly thank President Masoud Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, KRSC Chancellor Masrour Barzani, for joining us here this evening. Let me also welcome regional political, military and security leaders, our friends in ...
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Minister Falah Mustafa’s Remarks on the Occasion of U.S. Independence Day

H.E. President Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region H.E. Ambassador Stuart Jones, US ambassador to Iraq CG Matthias Mitman, Consul General of the United States in Kurdistan Region Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening to you all, I am pleased and privileged to be part of this ...
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U.S. Consulate General Celebrates 240th Independence Day

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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U.S. Ambassador Jones Opening Remarks Ministry of Planning Event

Besmellah al-Rahman al-Rahim, sabah al-Khier. Excellency Minister of Planning Salman al-Jumayli, Dr. Mahdi al-Allaq, Deputy Minister Qasim Enaia, Deputy Minister Maher Hamad Johan, Director General Azhar Hussein, Esteemed guests; Before I begin my remarks today, I want to echo what was said by his Excellency the Minister of Planning, Salman al-Jumayli. On behalf of my government, I want to ...
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United States and Government of Iraq Work in Partnership to Improve Management of Public Funds

On Thursday, June 2, U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones, together with the Minister of Planning Salman al-Jumayli, and Chief of Staff for the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Mahdi al-Allaq, participated in the Ministry of Planning (MOP) conference entitled “Reforming Development in Iraq” at the Al-Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad. Members of the Council of Representatives attended, along ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on April 30 Protests

The United States expresses its concern over the April 30 protests inside the Council of Representatives premises, which included property damage and violence against some individuals.  While we recognize the right to peaceful protest, the United States joins the UN and the EU in urging restraint and respect for constitutional institutions and respect for the ...
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On the Day of Remembrance Commemorating the Victims of the Anfal Campaign

Today we commemorate, with great sadness, the victims of Saddam Hussein’s barbaric Anfal campaign against Iraqi Kurds, Assyrians, Shabaks, Turkmen, Yazidis, Mandeans, and other ethnic minorities.  The horrific Anfal campaign resulted in the murder of thousands of Iraqi men, women and children, and the wounding and maiming of many more.  The United States joins others ...
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New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing nearly $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance to displaced and conflict-affected Iraqis within Iraq and throughout the region who are in urgent need of support.  This new funding brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Iraq humanitarian response to more than $778 ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Visits Baghdad

John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs, announced that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Baghdad, Iraq, on April 8 to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and Council of Representatives Speaker Saleem al-Jabouri. The Secretary will underscore our strong support for the Iraqi ...
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United States Announces New Assistance to Clear Explosive Hazards in Ramadi

Today the U.S. Embassy announced new U.S. funding worth $5 million to assist in safely clearing explosive hazards in Ramadi, an essential first step to supporting Iraqi authorities as they repair key infrastructure and help displaced families return home. The UN estimates thousands of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been left behind by Da’esh throughout ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq

The Vice President spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to discuss the latest political and security developments in Iraq. The Vice President welcomed the Prime Minister’s political reform efforts and reaffirmed continued U.S. support for steps, in concert with Iraqi political leaders, to strengthen transparency, national unity, and accountability. The Vice President also ...
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Iraqi Woman Honored as One of Secretary of State’s 2016 International Women of Courage

The U.S. Embassy congratulates Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan, a recipient of the Secretary of State’s 2016 International Women of Courage Award. Dr. Hasan joined thirteen other extraordinary women from around the world who were honored by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a ceremony yesterday in Washington, D.C. In recognizing Dr. Hasan, Secretary Kerry ...
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Special Presidential Envoy McGurk Travel to Iraq

From March 15-19, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk, visited Iraq to meet with senior government and security officials, including Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi and Kurdistan Regional Government President Barzani. In his meetings, Mr. McGurk discussed the Coalition’s ongoing support for Iraqi-led efforts to defeat Da’esh, including plans for ...
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U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones and Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk Participate in Fourth Annual Sulaimani Forum

On March 16 and 17, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk participated in the Fourth Annual Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimaniyah. U.S. Consul General for Erbil Matthias Mitman joined the Ambassador and SPE McGurk. In remarks delivered ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Remarks on Daesh and Genocide

Good morning, everybody. In 2014, the terrorist group Daesh began to seize territory in Syria and Iraq, overrunning major cities and committing atrocities. The United States responded quickly by denouncing these horrific acts and – more importantly – taking coordinated actions to counter them. In September of that year, President Obama mobilized an international coalition, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones Travels to Dahuk to Inaugurate the American University of Kurdistan – Duhok

On March 14, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones, accompanied by U.S. Consul General for Erbil Matthias Mitman, delivered remarks at the inauguration of the American University of Kurdistan – Duhok.   The Ambassador reiterated U.S. support for higher education in Iraq, specifically noting the University Linkages Program, which currently connects over a dozen Iraqi and ...
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U.S. Consul General Steve Walker visited the Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basrah

On March 12, U.S. Consul General Steve Walker visited the Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basrah to pay his respects to southern Iraqis wounded in the fight against Da’esh. He thanked them for their service and sacrifice on behalf of their country “I want to express my deepest gratitude to the thousands of Iraqis who have ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Al-Hillah Attack

The U.S. Embassy condemns the March 6 bombing in Al-Hillah, Iraq, which has killed scores of Iraqis and wounded many more. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this barbaric attack claimed by Da’esh. The United States remains committed in its support to the Iraqi people and the unity ...
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Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk Visits Iraq

On March 2-4, Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk visited Iraq for meetings with senior Iraqi government and security officials, and United Nations representatives.  Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart E. Jones, Mr. McGurk met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Speaker of Parliament Saleem al-Jibouri, the governors of Diyala, Salah ad-Din, Ninewa and Anbar provinces, ...
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The White House: Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi of Iraq

The Vice President spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi today and offered condolences to the people of Iraq targeted by ISIL’s indiscriminate and cowardly attacks in Baghdad and other cities. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to Iraq’s unity and stability in the fight against ISIL, including coalition military assistance as ...
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Special Presidential Envoy McGurk Travels to Iraq

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk arrived in Baghdad, Iraq today to meet with senior Iraqi government and security officials and representatives from the U.S.-led Coalition.  During his meetings, Mr. McGurk will discuss the Coalition’s ongoing support for Iraqi-led efforts to defeat ISIL, as well as other regional developments.
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No Change in Embassy Operations

Recent local media reports alleging a drawdown of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad are incorrect. Normal Embassy operations continue with full staffing, under the direction of U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones. Similarly, the Embassy has not advised U.S. citizens to evacuate Iraq. The U.S. Embassy simply has advised American citizens to make contingency plans, ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attacks in Baghdad

The United States condemns the February 28 bombings claimed by Da’esh of a market in Sadr City, Baghdad, which killed over 70 people and wounded more than 100. We also condemn Da’esh’s attack on security personnel in the Baghdad neighborhood of Abu Ghraib. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the ...
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Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski Visits Iraq

United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski visited Iraq, February 21-24, to discuss human rights issues with senior Iraqi government and judicial officials, and religious and civil society leaders. The Assistant Secretary’s delegation, which included Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities, was joined by United States Ambassador ...
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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, ...
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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. These measures are part of the Government of Iraq’s commitment to decentralization, as laid out in the Iraqi Constitution and the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Stuart E. Jones Travels to Erbil for Meetings with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and Ninewa Governor Nawfal Agoob

On January 24, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart E. Jones traveled to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region for meetings in Erbil with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and other senior KRG officials.  The Ambassador also had separate meetings with Ninewa Governor Nawfal Agoob and former KRG Prime ...
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Rotation of U.S. Military Forces in Iraq

Recent reports of a large number of U.S. troops arriving in Iraq are false.  In the coming weeks, the 101st Airborne Division will replace the 82nd Airborne Division, which is currently stationed in Iraq.  This is part of a normal troop rotation.  The total number of troops in Iraq will remain at approximately 3,500.  The ...
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Statement by Ambassador Stuart Jones: U.S. Not Conducting Helicopter Raids in Hawija and Kirkuk

I congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces for their tremendous recent progress as we work together to defeat Da’esh and liberate all Iraqi territory. The United States and coalition are proud of the contribution we have made to the continued defeat by the Iraqi Security Forces of Da’esh. There have recently been reports of U.S. helicopter ...
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Readout of the President’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi of Iraq

President Obama today called Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi of Iraq to congratulate him on Iraqi forces’ recent successes in Ramadi and to underscore the United States’ enduring support for Iraq in its fight against ISIL. President Obama praised the courage and tenacity of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in continuing operations to liberate Ramadi, noting that ...
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The U.S. Congratulates ISF

We congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces on their progress in the hard-fought battle to retake Ramadi.  ISF seizing the Anbar Government complex in Ramadi is a major blow to Dae’sh terrorists who continue to lose territory. The United States is proud to have led the International Coalition in assisting the ISF and remains steadfast in ...
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Department of State Supports the Conservation of the Iconic Ishtar Gate at Iraq’s Ancient City of Babylon

Today in Baghdad at the Iraqi Museum the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Jonathan Cohen and Ahmed Kamil Murad, Acting General Director of the Office of Museums at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) announced the funding of a project for the rehabilitation and preservation of the Ishtar Gate ...
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Combined Joint Task Force: Condolences on the loss of Iraq Security Forces

Coalition announces investigation into potential friendly fire Southwest Asia – The Coalition offers condolences on the unfortunate loss of life of brave Iraq security forces on the front lines in the fight against Daesh today. Acting on requests and information from Iraqi security forces on the ground near Fallujah, Coalition forces conducted several airstrikes against Daesh ...
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Visits Iraq

On December 16-17, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited Iraq to meet with senior officials and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the government of Iraq in the campaign to defeat Da’esh. During his December 16 meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Ubaidi, Secretary Carter praised the efforts and success ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call With Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi

The Vice President spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi yesterday following his December 14 call with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The Vice President noted the recent deployment of Turkish forces into northern Iraq had occurred without the prior consent of the Iraqi government. Both leaders welcomed initial indications of the withdrawal of some ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Anniversary of the Army Public School Attack in Peshawar

On the one-year anniversary of the attack at the Army Public School in Peshawar, we remember the victims, including many children, who were killed in that outrageous attack. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and we underscore our condemnation of that cowardly act of mass murder. Last summer, in Washington, ...
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No U.S. Combat Troops in Anbar

Recent news reports alleging that 200 U.S. combat troops have arrived at Al-Asad Air Base are simply untrue. U.S.-led Coalition forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government, conducting advise-and-assist and training activities. Any claim that there has been an increase in the number of U.S. forces in Iraq or that they ...
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Allegations Regarding U.S. and Regional States’ Intentions towards Mosul

The U.S. Embassy firmly rejects the allegations recently made by a member of the Council of Representatives regarding U.S. and Regional states’ intentions towards Mosul. According to U.S. Embassy spokesperson Scott Bolz, “We only support military deployments inside Iraq with the explicit consent of the Iraqi government. This includes the deployment of U.S. military, international coalition ...
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Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk Meets with Iraqi Leadership

From December 7 to December 9, Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones, met with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jabouri, the Governors of Anbar and Mosul, and Syed Ammar Hakim among others. During the meetings, ...
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USAID Mission Director Visits Basrah

On December 7-9, U.S. Consulate General Basrah welcomed USAID Iraq Mission Director Brooke Isham for her first official visit to southern Iraq. While in Basrah, Dr. Isham paid a call on Provincial Council Chairman Sabah Al-Bazouni to highlight the U.S. Government’s commitment to economic development and good governance in southern Iraq. USAID is supporting development ...
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Ambassador Jones Praises Iraqi Police, Thanks Italian Carabinieri Trainers

On December 7, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones attended a graduation ceremony to honor the 125 Iraqi local police who recently completed a two-month training course conducted by the Italian Carabinieri that focused on addressing the various challenges of law enforcement in liberated areas.  In his remarks, Ambassador Jones praised the officers, stating, “Your ...
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Special Presidential Envoy McGurk Travel to Iraq

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk arrived in Baghdad, Iraq today to meet with senior Iraqi government and security officials and representatives from the U.S.-led Coalition.  During his meetings, Mr. McGurk will discuss the Coalition’s continued support for Iraqi-led efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL, as well as recent ...
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U.S. Embassy Praises Iraqi Government, World Food Program Food Assistance Distribution in Anbar

The U.S. Embassy praised the Government of Iraq and United Nations World Food Program (WFP), who yesterday donated and distributed more than 1000 metric tons of food to 70,000 people in the besieged cities of Haditha and Al Baghdadi in Anbar Province. The United States Agency for International Development covered the costs for handling, transporting, ...
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The United States Delivers First Shipment of Critical Winter Relief Supplies for Iraq Humanitarian Crisis, With More to Follow

On December 1, the United States began providing urgently needed winter relief supplies in Erbil to help people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by Da’esh attacks, launching a larger U.S. effort to help internally displaced people and refugees in need across the country as the cold weather sets in. This first distribution will ...
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Reports that U.S. Congress Planning Vote to Partition Iraq Completely False

Recent media reports suggesting that the U.S. Congress will be voting on the partition of Iraq are simply untrue. The U.S. government has consistently supported and remains committed to the unity of Iraq, and has regularly spoken out against foreign interference in Iraq’s sovereign affairs.  We commend the recent announcement by the Iraqi Ministry of ...
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Ambassador Jones Visits Basrah

On November 25-26, Ambassador Stuart E. Jones visited Basrah to meet with provincial officials, tribal leaders, and energy sector executives. The Ambassador was joined by the U.S. Consul General to Basrah. During his visit, Ambassador Jones met with Basrah Governor Majid Al-Nasrawi for a wide-ranging discussion of security, economic, and humanitarian assistance challenges facing Iraq. ...
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U.S. Consulate General Basrah Welcomes Ambassador Stuart E. Jones

On November 25-26, Ambassador Stuart E. Jones visited Basrah to meet with provincial officials, tribal leaders, and energy sector executives. The Ambassador was joined by the U.S. Consul General to Basrah. During his visit, Ambassador Jones met with Basrah Governor Majid Al-Nasrawi for a wide-ranging discussion of security, economic, and humanitarian assistance challenges facing Iraq. ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces The 2016 Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2016 Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program is open.  Applications will be accepted until the deadline of December 21, 2015. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the MEPI Student Leaders Program supports the goals of the U.S.-Iraq ...
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U.S.-led Coalition: No “Conditions” on Ramadi Liberation Operation

The U.S.-led Coalition has consistently encouraged the Iraqi Security Forces to liberate Ramadi as soon as possible, and will continue to provide devastating air power in support of Iraqi ground operations against Da’esh in Ramadi and elsewhere in Iraq. Media reports suggesting that the Coalition has delayed or placed conditions on the Ramadi liberation operation ...
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken Visits Iraq, Announces $38.7 Million in New Economic Assistance to Iraq

On November 22-23, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Iraq to discuss a range of political, security, and economic issues with government officials. While in Baghdad, Deputy Secretary Blinken met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jabouri, and other senior officials. During his meetings, Deputy Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the U.S.-led Coalition’s ...
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U.S. Ambassador Hails United Nations Security Council Resolution Calling for Eradication of Da’esh Safe Havens

U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones praised recently passed United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2249, stating that the resolution calling on UN Member States to eradicate ISIL’s safe havens in Iraq and Syria is “a significant and welcome development” in the campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat the terrorist group. The Ambassador remarked further that the ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken Travel to Iraq November 22-23

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Iraq to discuss key political, economic, and security issues with government officials. In Baghdad on November 22, Deputy Secretary Blinken will meet with national and provincial Iraqi officials to discuss a range of economic and security issues.  He will also meet with senior U.S. military officials ...
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U.S. Delegation Praises Iraqi Efforts to Liberate Ramadi

On November 14, U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones and Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) Commander Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland accompanied the visiting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Christine Wormuth, to Habbaniyah Airfield, where the delegation met with Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) leaders to discuss the campaign to liberate Ramadi.  The U.S. ...
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U.S. Consulate General in Basrah Celebrates UN International Day of Tolerance

On November 17th, the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah commemorated the United Nations International Day of Tolerance by bringing together community leaders from across the diverse spectrum of Iraqi society for an event held at the Mnawi Basha Hotel. The UN International Day of Tolerance promotes respect and appreciation for the world’s rich variety of ...
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U.S. Embassy Commends Operation Free Sinjar

The U.S. Embassy commends Iraq, the Kurdish Regional Government and the Peshmerga for the successful liberation of Sinjar, and also would like to note the important medevac support role that the Iraqi military played in Operation Free Sinjar. The United States and the Coalition are proud of our partnership with the Iraqi Security Forces, including ...
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Opening Statement Col. Steve Warren, CJTF-OIC Spokesperson regarding airstrikes on the Omar oil fields in Syria

Good afternoon. For those of you who don’t already know me, I am Colonel Steve Warren, the CJTF-OIR spokesperson. I am here to talk about the hostage rescue operation that took place Thursday morning near Hawija. Before we discuss this, I would like to make a few comments: First, U.S. led-Coalition forces are operating in ...
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Statement by the President on the Departure of Special Presidential Envoy John Allen and Appointment of Brett McGurk

I offer my profound gratitude to General John Allen as he prepares to depart his role of Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL next month. Thirteen months ago, I asked General Allen once again to postpone his well-earned retirement from government service, including nearly 38 years in the Marines, where he ...
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U.S. Embassy Accepting Applications for 2016 Iraqi Young Leadership Exchange Program (IYLEP)

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the 2016 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP). The deadline to apply is December 1, 2015. IYLEP is the U.S. Government’s premier exchange program for Iraqi youth. Through a month-long leadership, community service, and cultural program in the United ...
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Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook On Hostage Rescue Mission in Iraq

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following statement: Early today in Iraq, at the request of the Kurdistan Regional Government, U.S. Special Operations Forces supported an Iraqi Peshmerga operation to rescue hostages at an ISIL prison near Hawijah, Iraq. This operation was deliberately planned and launched after receiving information that the hostages faced imminent ...
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U.S. Ambassador Jones Travels to Dohuk for Meetings with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and Dohuk Governor Farhad Amin Atrushi

On October 4, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart E. Jones traveled to Dohuk, in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region for a meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, Kurdistan Region Security Council Chancellor Masrour Barzani, and the Governor of Dohuk, Farhad Amin Atrushi. Additionally, the Ambassador visited a camp in Dohuk province for internally ...
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Ongoing U.S. Support to Counter Da’esh in Anbar and Iraq

Recent news reports alleging that the U.S.-led coalition has halted air operations or military cooperation with Iraqi Security Forces are simply untrue. There has been no halt to Coalition airstrikes against Da’esh or cessation of U.S. advise and assist efforts in Anbar province. On October 2nd and 3rd, the coalition conducted airstrikes across Anbar province, ...
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Ambassador Stuart Jones Announces Increase in U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to Iraq

Today in Baghdad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart E. Jones announced that the United States is providing more than $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who have been affected by violence created by Da’esh inside Iraq. The Ambassador noted that the new funding brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Iraq humanitarian response ...
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New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

Today at the UN General Assembly event on the humanitarian emergency in Iraq, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall announced that the United States is providing more than $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who have been affected by violence and are in urgent need of ...
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Statement by the Members of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL The Coalition at One Year

In the year since the formation of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL we have made progress on our campaign to degrade and defeat this unprecedented terrorist scourge. As we have acknowledged from the beginning, this will be a long-term campaign. But the situation one year ago was dire: ISIL, also known by its Arabic ...
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U.S. Department of Defense Press Secretary Peter Cook: Statement on Airstrike in Iraq that killed Abu Bakr al-Turkmani

Coalition forces conducted an airstrike resulting in the death of Abu Bakr al-Turkmani, an ISIL senior leader, on Sept. 10 near Tal Afar, Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Turkmani was an ISIL administrative emir. He was a legacy al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) jihadist before joining ISIL and was a close associate to multiple ISIL senior leaders ...
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Ambassador Jones Praises IHEC’s Work and Condemns the Targeting of IHEC Workers by Da’esh

U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones and U.S. Embassy staff met September 3 with Mr. Sarbast Rashid Mustafa, the Chairman of the Independent Higher Electoral Commission (IHEC), to discuss the ongoing work of IHEC and to commemorate eleven years of U.S. partnership with IHEC. The Ambassador praised the courage and service of IHEC employees, noting that they ...
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Ambassador Stuart Jones Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Ministry of Planning’s Procurement Help Desk Opening Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sabah al Khier, Your Excellency Salman al-Jumayli, Minister of Planning, Thank you for those excellent remarks and thank you for your support to the USAID and embassy teams that have been working so closely with the Ministry of Planning. I’m really honored and pleased to be here today with you. And, I’m delighted to celebrate ...
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U.S. Ambassador Stuart E. Jones Leads U.S. Delegation to Erbil for Meetings with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and Other Officials

On September 15, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart E. Jones led a high-level delegation from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense to meet with Kurdistan Regional Government officials, including separate meetings with President Massoud Barzani, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami, and Deputy Prime Minister ...
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U.S. Consulate General Erbil Does Not Process Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil wishes to clarify visa processing information following incorrect reporting in some Iraqi media outlets that the Consulate General processes applications for immigrant visas. The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil does not accept applications for or process immigrant visas. All immigrant visas processing in Iraq is done by the U.S. ...
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Arming Ceremony at Al-Taqaddum Air Base in al-Habbaniya

The Iraqi Security Forces hosted a September 3 ceremony at Al-Taqaddum Air Base in al-Habbaniya, Anbar province, marking the handover of arms and equipment to some 100 tribal fighters who have been enrolled in the Government of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces and trained to liberate and protect their local communities. Anbar Governor Sohaib al-Rawi, Anbar ...
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Peshmerga Successfully Clears Territory and Liberates Villages

Southwest Asia – Peshmerga forces with the support of Coalition airstrikes, are conducting a successful offensive operation against Daesh terrorists near Tuz in Northern Iraq. Since Aug. 26, the Peshmerga have destroyed Daesh defensive positions and re-established control of more than 200 square kilometers, liberating seven villages, and straightening and shortening the Kurdish forward line ...
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Ambassador Jones, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk, Consul General Mitman & LT. General Terry Meet Former Iraqi President Jalal Tala

On August 8, 2015, Ambassador Stuart Jones, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk, Consul General Matthias Mitman, and Lieutenant General James Terry visited former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani at his home in Sulaimaniyah. Ambassador Jones and the delegation reaffirmed U.S. commitment to continued cooperation with Iraqi Kurdish forces in the fight to degrade and defeat ...
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U.S. Consulate General Erbil Welcomes Consul General Matthias Mitman

On July 27, 2015 Matthias Mitman became Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil. “I’m pleased to take up the position of Consul General in Erbil. I look forward to engaging with the people and officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and strengthening cooperation, economic ties, and people-to-people connections between the people of ...
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Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s July 23 Meetings with Prime Minister Abadi, Minister of Defense Ubaidi and Iraqi Sunni Leaders

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited Baghdad, Iraq today to assess progress in the counter-ISIL campaign. He met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Minister of Defense Khaled al-Ubaidi and affirmed the U.S. commitment to support the government of Iraq in the campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. He emphasized the importance of building ...
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U.S. Consulate General Basrah Welcomes Consul General Steve Walker

On July 22, Mr. Steve Walker assumed responsibilities as U.S. Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. Mr. Walker is a career diplomat with over two decades of service to the U.S. Department of State, with numerous assignments in the region including U.S. Embassy Baghdad. “I’m honored to take up the position of ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Recent Terrorist Attack in Iraq

The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s abhorrent ISIL attack in Diyala Province which purposefully and viciously targeted Iraqi civilians celebrating the Eid ul-Fitr holiday to mark the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan. This latest attack is yet another painful example of the atrocities that the terrorist group ISIL continues to perpetrate against the ...
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The United States Repatriates Cultural Heritage Objects and Fragments to the Government of Iraq

The United States Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart Jones, joined the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Mr. Adil Fahad Shirshab, in a repatriation ceremony at which 700 objects and fragments were returned to the government of Iraq at the National Museum in Baghdad.  These artifacts were recovered during a raid on the Syrian compound of Da’esh ...
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Statement by the President on Iran

THE PRESIDENT:  Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change — ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Al-Abadi of Iraq

Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi today to reaffirm continued U.S. support for the Iraqi government’s ongoing efforts to defeat ISIL. The Vice President thanked Prime Minister Al-Abadi for his steadfast leadership in Iraq and for promoting national unity at a time of significant security challenges, including today’s ISIL attack on Ramadi. ...
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Readout of Deputy Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with IKR President Barzani

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani today to discuss a range of issues, including the important role of the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Kurdish people in the fight against ISIL.  Deputy Secretary Blinken offered condolences to President Barzani for the people who have lost their lives ...
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Readout of the President and Vice President’s Meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani

President Obama participated in a meeting at the White House with Vice President Biden and Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. They discussed a range of issues, including the campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL and the status of ongoing political initiatives to address the needs of the Iraqi people and foster ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Al-Abadi of Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. The Vice President reaffirmed the US commitment under the Strategic Framework Agreement to a united, federal, and democratic Iraq, as defined in the Iraqi constitution. He further reaffirmed, pursuant to this commitment that all U.S. military assistance in the fight against ISIL comes ...
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Readout of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee Session Chaired by Vice President Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi

Vice President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi co-chaired a meeting of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee (HCC) today in Washington, D.C. The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen and fully activate the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq as outlined in the Strategic Framework Agreement. The HCC discussion focused ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Benjamin Rhodes’ Meeting with Represe

Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes met today at the White House with representatives of the Iraqi Christian community. Mr. Rhodes updated the delegation on the President’s discussion yesterday with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi and on the progress in the global campaign to counter ISIL, and heard from the delegation about the ...
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Anfal Campaign

Today marks the anniversary of the Anfal — Saddam Hussein’s brutal campaign against the Kurdish people in Iraq in which thousands of innocent Iraqis were slaughtered, and thousands more were wounded, maimed, or expelled from their homes.  We honor those who were killed or injured as a result of the Anfal, and pledge to stand ...
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Biden on Situation in Iraq

The Vice President: General Padilla, thank you very much for the introduction. And it is genuinely an honor to be here before such an incredibly distinguished audience. And, Ambassador Nesbitt, thank you. She is a senior vice president. I’m just a Vice President. (Laughter.) These days I don’t like the word senior associated with my ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden spoke this morning with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. They discussed ongoing military operations across Iraq, including in Anbar and Salah Ad Din provinces. The Vice President praised Prime Minister Abadi for his leadership in directing operations to clear ISIL from Tikrit. Both leaders expressed their strong support for continued cooperation between ...
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Counter-ISIL Coalition Provides Air Support in Battle for Tikrit

U.S. Department of State – Office of the Spokesperson – Statement by Jen Psaki At the request of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Coalition today launched airstrikes in and around Tikrit in support of Iraqi Security Forces ground operations. These strikes were designed to destroy ISIL strongholds with precision – protecting innocent Iraqis by minimizing ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq

President Obama will host Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House on Tuesday, April 14. The Prime Minister’s visit underscores the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq and the strong U.S. commitment to political and military cooperation with Iraq in the joint fight against ISIL. The President and Prime Minister will ...
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U.S. Consulate Extends Condolences to Families of Peshmerga in Da’esh Video

We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the Peshmerga shown in the disturbing video released last night by ISIL, which purportedly shows the barbaric execution of three men.  Although we are not in a position to confirm the authenticity of the video, we have no reason to doubt it given the other similar ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani

This afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani. The Vice President called to express condolences for the Kurdish Peshmerga executed by ISIL. The Vice President and President agreed that such unconscionable acts of brutality reflect ISIL’s true nature and reinforce our collective resolve to defeat ISIL. Vice President Biden ...
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U.S. Donates 250 MRAP Vehicles, Continues Security Assistance in Fight Against ISIL

In support of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), the United States donated 250 mine-resistant, armor-protected (MRAP) vehicles to the Iraqi Government. “The number one threat to the Iraqi security forces are roadside bombs and vehicle-borne bombs…These MRAP vehicles provide increased ballistic and counter mine protection for Iraqi security forces,” said U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart ...
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