Embassy Statement on the Upcoming Tishreen Protest Anniversary

As we approach the three-year anniversary of the 2019 Tishreen protest movement and after nearly a year of protracted government formation since early elections, the United States expresses solidarity with the Iraqi people and their search for democratic reform.  We are concerned that, despite months of internal negotiations, Iraq remains without a government that can effectively address the governance and economic grievances that fueled the Tishreen protest movement, …

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Statement on the Iranian Attacks on the IKR

We strongly condemn Iran’s use of ballistic missiles and drone attacks against the Iraqi Kurdistan Region as an unjustified violation of Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity. We are also aware of reports of civilian casualties and deplore any loss of life caused by today’s attack. Moreover, we further condemn comments from the government of Iran …

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Joint Statement on the Renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the DoD and the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs

For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE September 21, 2022 Joint Statement on the Renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Defense and the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs  On September 21, 2022, Assistant Secretary of Defense Celeste Wallander and Kurdistan Regional Government Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Shoresh Ismail Abdulla signed a renewed Memorandum …

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Assistant Secretary of Defense Visits Iraq

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Dr. Celeste Wallander, visited Baghdad on September 20 to engage senior Iraqi leaders and re-affirm the importance of the U.S.-Iraq defense partnership. Under the 2008 Strategic Framework Agreement, the United States remains dedicated to enhancing Iraq’s defensive capabilities and providing security assistance as part of broader …

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Embassy Statement on Reports of Unrest and Violence – August 29, 2022

Reports of unrest throughout Iraq today are disturbing as Iraqi institutions are not being allowed to operate.  The United States is concerned about escalating tensions and urges all parties to remain peaceful and refrain from acts that could lead to a cycle of violence.  Iraq’s security, stability, and sovereignty should not be put at risk.  …

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Statement on Reports of Unrest at the Supreme Judicial Council

We are closely monitoring reports of unrest in Baghdad today at the Supreme Judicial Council.  We urge all parties to remain calm, abstain from violence, and resolve any political differences through a peaceful process guided by the Iraqi constitution.  We also call for those demonstrating to respect the proceedings and property of Iraq’s governmental institutions …

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Reports of Detention of Politicians, Journalists, and Civil Society Activists in IKR

We are concerned by reports of the use of tear gas and rubber-coated bullets to disperse protesters and the detention of journalists, civil society activists, and members of parliament in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) in the run up to and during protests held in Sulaimaniyah on August 6. For democracy to succeed, governments must …

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USAID Convenes Business Community for Access to Finance Conference in Baghdad

On June 29 and 30, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) convened more than 300 business and public sector representatives for its inaugural Access to Finance Conference in Baghdad. The two-day event provided a shared platform for diverse stakeholders to create opportunities for Iraqi businesses to secure funding and boost economic growth in Iraq. …

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Ambassador Romanowski’s Remarks at Access to Finance Conference

USAID Access to Finance in Iraq, June 29, 2022 Good morning, everyone.  I’m excited to be here, Governor Ghalib, it is a pleasure to see you.  Thank you for attending this event and giving your attention to the important issue of access to finance in Iraq. On behalf of the United States, we also extend …

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Ambassador Romanowski Meets with Ministry of Oil Minister Ihsan Ismael

Ambassador Alina L. Romanowski met with Ministry of Oil Minister Ihsan Ismael on June 10 to discuss ways to strengthen the U.S.-Iraq energy relationship and boost U.S. investment in Iraq. Ambassador Romanowski reiterated U.S. commitment to a stable, prosperous, democratic, and unified Iraq.

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Ambassador Meets with Council of Representatives Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi

Ambassador Alina L. Romanowski met with Council of Representatives Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi on June 7. She underscored U.S. commitment to our multifaceted strategic partnership with Iraq and to our joint efforts to foster stability and economic growth, bolster democracy and governance, and help ensure Iraq’s security and sovereignty.

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American University of Iraq-Baghdad American Space hosted an all-women’s iftar

On April 20, American University of Iraq-Baghdad American Space hosted an all-women’s iftar – PAS’s first since 2019 – at the university’s mudheif, a replica of a traditional floating house found in the marsh areas of southern Iraq. The youth-focused iftar welcomed women from our flagship youth exchange program, the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, …

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Deputy of Public Affairs Officer Scott Bolz Visits the Iraq Space Center

On February 5, Deputy of Public Affairs Officer Scott Bolz visited the Level-Up classes at the Iraq Space Center. A seven-month virtual program, Level-Up prepares Iraqi women currently enrolled in university or who are recent university graduates to enter the private sector. Funded by PAS, this virtual workforce development program provided 100 participating students from …

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Public Affairs Officer Daniel Ernst Meets with Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Officials

U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Daniel Ernst and Cultural Affair Officer Dale Kreisher met with high-level officials at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) to discuss proposed projects and grants funded by the U.S. Embassy for Iraqi Universities. These projects will benefit universities in southern Iraq, and will support the construction of an Environmental …

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The launch of the report on Gender-Based Violence and Hate Speech against Female Candidates in the October 2021 Elections

Non-profit organization Iraq Foundation, with UNAMI support, launched its report on Gender-Based Violence and Hate Speech against Female Candidates in the October 2021 Elections, highlighting the hurdles that women face in attaining their fair share of power in Iraqi society. We applaud Iraq Foundation’s efforts to document the harassment faced by female candidates and activists …

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The United States has provided more than $100 million to support and improve higher education in Iraq

Happy World Education Day! Since 2004, the United States has provided more than $100 million to support and improve higher education in Iraq, forging new relationships and partnerships, supporting Iraqi development, and providing economic hope and opportunity for Iraqi citizens. Our vibrant exchange programs have provided research and career development opportunities to thousands of Iraqis. …

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The United States is pleased to have recently facilitated the return of seven ancient artifacts to Iraq.

The United States is pleased to have recently facilitated the return of seven ancient artifacts to Iraq. Special Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in California returned two of these ancient artifacts to Iraq on January 20 in a ceremony at the Iraqi Consulate in Los Angeles. One of the artifacts is a partial cuneiform …

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U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew H. Tueller was delighted to participate in the opening of Cold Stone Creamery

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew H. Tueller was delighted to participate in the opening of Cold Stone Creamery on January 14. Companies like Cold Stone Creamery contribute immensely to the Iraqi economy and the growing U.S.-Iraq business ties. The United States is committed to supporting increased economic investment by U.S. companies to bring jobs, innovative …

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Baghdad Public Affairs Counselor Meets Students from Various Academic Institutions in Erbil

As part of International Education Week, U.S. Embassy Baghdad Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Daniel Ernst visited the American Corner Erbil and met with students from various academic institutions in Erbil. Ernst presented on university life in the United States and answered questions from the audience on the educational system.

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Baghdad Public Affairs Counselor Visits Nahum Tomb and and Lalish Temple

Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Daniel Ernst visited Alqosh to see the completion of the renovations of the Nahum Tomb made possible with a $1 million dollar grant from the United States. Mayor Lara Zara met the U.S. delegation and provided a tour and an explanation of the significance of the site. The Tomb of …

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Joint Statement on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq. Begin Text: The delegation of the Republic of Iraq, led by Dr. Fuad Hussein, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the delegation of the United States Government, led by Secretary of State Antony …

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of Iraq

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2021 Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of Iraq President Joseph R. Biden spoke today with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of Iraq. The President affirmed U.S. support for Iraq’s sovereignty and independence and commended the Prime Minister’s leadership. They discussed the recent rocket …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits a Peshmerga Supply Warehouse in Erbil

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller visited Erbil today and toured a Peshmerga supply warehouse and met with Minister of Peshmerga Shorsh Ismail. At the event Ambassador Tueller said: “As we saw at the height of the campaign against ISIS, you brave Peshmerga fighters are indispensable to Iraq’s security. We are all grateful for the …

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U.S. Ambassador Meets with KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in Erbil

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller met with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani yesterday in Erbil. They discussed the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, KRG’s ongoing budget negotiations with Baghdad, relations between Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s political parties, and the importance of press freedom. They also discussed the security situation in the western provinces and …

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U.S. Provides Additional Assistance to Iraq to Respond to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

The United States Government has provided $670,000 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Iraq from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID is providing these funds to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support Iraq’s COVID-19 readiness and response. These funds will contribute to …

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The U.S. Mission in Iraq Announces the 2021-2023 Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The United States Embassy is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021-2023 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.  This prestigious and competitive scholarship program provides outstanding students and professionals with the opportunity to obtain Master’s degrees at U.S. universities. Launched in 1946 by the U.S. Congress and the late U.S. Senator William …

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The United States Condemns the Brutal Assault on Peaceful Demonstrators in Najaf

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad strongly denounces the brutal assault in the holy city of Najaf on February 5 that led to the killing and wounding of peaceful demonstrators.  It is reprehensible that armed groups continue to be permitted to violate Iraq’s rule of law with impunity against peaceful citizens practicing their democratic right to …

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Statement from the White House Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2019 Statement from the White House Press Secretary The United States is seriously concerned by continued attacks against protestors, civic activists, and the media, as well as restrictions on Internet access, in Iraq. Iraqis won’t stand by as the Iranian regime drains their resources and uses armed groups and political …

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U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Regrets Violence, Urges Decreasing Tensions

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad continues to monitor recent protests closely.  The right to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right in all democracies, but there is no place for violence in demonstrations from any side. We regret the loss of life and express our condolences to the families of those killed, and hope for a …

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DCM Hood meets with Ministry of Health and Environment and Directorate of Mine Action

At the U.S. Embassy, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health and Environment, Dr. Kamaran Ali Hassan, and the Director General of the Directorate of Mine Action, Engineer Khaled Rashaad, met with Deputy Chief of Mission Joey Hood and Embassy Staff to discuss issues of demining in the liberated areas. The United States is the …

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The U.S. Embassy Celebrates National Day – 243 Years of American Independence

U.S. EMBASSY BAGHDAD Office of the Spokesperson __________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                (MARCH 26, 2019)   The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad celebrated its national day …

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Delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee visits Baghdad

A delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee visited Baghdad to discuss U.S.-Iraq relations. Representatives John Garamendi of California, Deb Haaland of New Mexico, and Veronica Escobar of Texas, met with Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi and Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi. They discussed the importance of the U.S.-Iraq relationship and the future of …

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Announcing 2019 “BETWEEN THE LINES” Program for Young Writers

Applications are now open for the 2019  “Between The Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience” BTL,  International Writing Program IWP for young writers (15-18 years old) which will be conducted at the University of Iowa for the period July 13 – July 27, 2019.  The program is sponsored by and jointly administered through the Bureau …

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Meets with Iraqi Leaders

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry met with Iraqi leaders, including Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, yesterday to discuss improving economic ties between our two countries and working together toward greater energy independence for Iraq. This was the first cabinet-level visit from the United States to meet with the Prime Minister and the meeting underscored …

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Department of State’s Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues Andy Rabens meets with Iraqi youth leaders

During a stop in Baghdad, Department of State’s Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues Andy Rabens met with youth leaders and community support professionals who are assisting Iraqi youth impacted by the effects of ISIS. Their work to help young Iraqi’s recover and move forward was an inspiration and showed the power of local Iraqi …

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Chargé d’Affaires Joey Hood with Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues Andy Rabens hosts IYLEP alumni

Chargé d’Affaires Joey Hood with visiting Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues Andy Rabens hosted 60 alumni of the U.S. funded Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP). The gathering was a chance to celebrate a traditional U.S. Thanksgiving dinner and reconnect with an amazing group of Iraqi high school and college students. Happy Thanksgiving from …

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The U.S. Embassy celebrates the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program’s 40th anniversary

The Cultural Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy hosted Iraqi alumni of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program to celebrate the program’s 40th anniversary. The alumni had the opportunity to connect with each other and with program managers at the Embassy. They also shared stories about their program experience and post-Humphrey accomplishments. The Hubert H. …

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Ambassador Silliman Encourages U.S. Businesses to Visit Iraq

Last week, Ambassador Silliman and members of his Economic Team joined in on a call with U.S. businesses to answer questions and encourage their participation in an upcoming visit to Iraq in December. The trip will provide a great opportunity for U.S. businesses to gain a better understanding of the commercial and investment opportunities across …

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The U.S Embassy condemns the attacks targeting members of southern Iraq’s civil society and journalists

The U.S Embassy strongly condemns the recent attacks, threats, and harassment targeting members of southern Iraq’s civil society and journalists. We reaffirm the valuable work of these individuals and the civil society organizations who are at the forefront of the struggle for a better Iraq and we endorse their vital role in an active democracy. …

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The U.S. Embassy holds an exhibit showcasing #MyIraq contest photos at the University of Baghdad

Remember our  #MyIraq  photo contest that you participated in by sending photographs of Iraq and voting for the best pictures? On September 25th, the U.S. Embassy held another exhibit showcasing the top 22 photos at the Central Library of the University of Baghdad. Nearly 40 visitors attended the event including the embassy alumni from the government, …

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Advanced Social Media Workshops

Fact-checking is vital for a social media environment clean from misinformation! The U.S. Embassy sponsored a visiting U.S. expert who hosted a series of workshops for journalists and Iraqi youth in (Erbil, Dohuk, Al Sulaimaniyah and Baghdad) that covered advanced social media and digital tools. Participants engaged in digital verification exercises and received instruction on …

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Security Message: Kirkuk Security Operations

U.S. Mission Iraq advises its citizens that the Government of Iraq launched security operations in the vicinity of Kirkuk City.  U.S. citizens located in these areas who are unable or unwilling to depart are advised to shelter in place. As a reminder, U.S. citizens should maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate …

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NOTICE REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Therefore, at the request of the Social Security Administration, effective immediately, U.S. Embassy Baghdad American Citizen Services and U.S. Consulate Erbil can no longer …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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