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  • President Obama meets with Speaker al-Jabouri in Washington

    President Obama meets with Speaker al-Jabouri

    Council of Representative Speaker Salim al-Jabouri was commended by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for his leadership in parliament and his efforts to bolster Iraq’s democracy, federalism, and national unity

  • State’s Blinken on Combating Da’esh

    State’s Blinken on Combating Da’esh

    The coalition is moving forward to shrink Daesh’s territory, to cut its funding, to curb its recruiting, and to expose the gigantic gap between what Daesh claims to be and what it actually is.

  • Obama Reaffirms U.S. Support for Iraq with al-Abadi

    Obama Reaffirms U.S. Support for Iraq with al-Abadi

    President Obama, "The United States' prime interest is to defeat ISIL and to respect Iraqi sovereignty... that will continue to be our policy."

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    DCM Cohen Holds Basrah Roundtable

    DCM Cohen heard perspectives from U.S. and Basrah business leaders on the business climate and explored potentials for future ventures.

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    Acting CG Kelley Opens Basrah Job Fair

    Acting Consul General Lonnie Kelley opened the 2014 Basrah job fair December 8.

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    CG Mitman on Basrah at US National Day

    U.S. Consul General Matthias Mitman reaffirms ties between the United States and people of Basrah at U.S. National Day Celebration in Basrah.

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    CG Mitman Interview with al-Iraqiya

    U.S. Consul General Matthias Mitman reaffirmed U.S. commitment to support Iraq's fight against ISIL during a September 19 interview with al-Iraqiya television.




  • MERS Update

    U.S. Citizens in the region are encouraged to monitor the CDC's guidance relating to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS CoV) and take appropriate precautions as directed by the CDC.  For more information, please visit the CDC website located here:

    Polio Update

    A resurgence of the polio virus and its rapid spread to new countries prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 5, 2014, to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The WHO recommends certain precautions to international travelers. All travelers to or from the countries currently infected and exporting wild poliovirus -- Pakistan, Cameroon, and the Syrian Arab Republic -- should receive polio vaccinations within twelve months of international travel. U.S. citizens should be aware that they may be subject to additional polio vaccination requirements to enter or exit these countries.

    In addition, WHO declared seven countries -- Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, and Somalia -- infected with wild poliovirus but not currently exporting it. These countries pose an ongoing risk for wild poliovirus exportations in 2014. U.S. citizens visiting or residing in these countries may wish to take additional precautions, including determining if they should receive polio vaccinations prior to international travel.

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