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  • Consul General speaking into a microphone. (Photo Credit: State Department)

    Consul General Matthias Mitman spoke on the role of Peshmerga in the fight against Da’esh at a commemoration honoring the 25th anniversary of Operation Provide Comfort on April 4

  • secretary and woman (State Dept Image)

    Secretary Kerry Presents the 2016 International Women of Courage Award to Nagham Nawzat of Iraq.

  • Man handing out supplies. (Photo Credit: State Department)

    U.S. Consul General, Matthias Mitman Distributes Relief Items to IDPs in Erbil

  • man speaking a podium in front of group (State Dept)

    Consul General Matthias Mitman delivered remarks at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani on January 21

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  • Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections (January 24 , 2016)
    Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.
  • Iraq Travel Warning (October 19, 2015)
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation.
  • Iraq Travel Warning (September 14, 2015)

    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation. The ability of the Embassy to assist U.S. citizens facing difficulty, including arrest, is extremely limited.

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  • 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 at:

    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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  • The Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program benefiting individuals who have been employed by, or on behalf of, the U.S. government in Iraq has been extended through passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2014. The NDAA authorizes the issuance of 2,500 immigrant visas after January 1, 2014 to qualified principal applicants.
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