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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Independence Day Celebration in Basrah

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

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

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