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U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework
12 June 2015 Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meetings with Iraqi Speaker Salim al-Jabouri . President Obama and Vice President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to supporting Iraq in its fight against ISIL and the urgency of humanitarian assistance for Iraq’s internally-displaced citizens.
11 June 2015 New Iraqi New Base Opens Possibilities for Iraqi Forces, DoD's Dempsey Says The addition of up to 450 troops and the opening of a training base in Taqaddam, Iraq, is an adjustment to the campaign, said chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey. The base will expand the footprint in Anbar province and allow American trainers to work with the Iraqi army’s 8th Division. It also will allow Americans to train and supply Sunni tribes that want to fight against ISIL.
10 June 2015 Readout of Deputy Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Iraqi Parliament Speaker al-Jibouri Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with the Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Salim al-Jibouri today to discuss a range of issues, including the United States’ strong and continued support to Iraq under our Strategic Framework Agreement, the collective campaign to degrade and defeat ISIL, and the status of ongoing political initiatives to address the needs of the Iraqi people and to foster cooperation and reconciliation across all communities.
10 June 2015 U.S. Close to Decision on Sending More Military Trainers to Iraq President Barack Obama will decide as early as this week on a plan to send hundreds of additional military trainers to Iraq, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as the Pentagon continues in its bid to bolster Iraqi troops in their fight against the Islamic State group.
26 May 2015 Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
20 May 2015 Centcom Officials 'Confident' Iraqi Security Forces Will Recover Ramadi The loss of Ramadi is a setback, but U.S. Central Command officials are confident Iraqi security forces will take back the city in the near term, said a Centcom spokesman.
20 May 2015 State Dept. Background Briefing on Iraq The loss of Ramadi is a setback, but U.S. Central Command officials are confident Iraqi security forces will take back the city in the near term.
18 May 2015 Amb. Russell on Challenges Facing Iraqi Women "On my last night in Baghdad, I met with a group of Iraqi women leaders to talk about their vision for the future of their country. Of course they were realistic about the challenges at hand. But they were also impatient for progress and determined to tackle the country's challenges. Most of all, they were hopeful — for the future of Iraq and their own role in building national unity."
15 May 2015 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.
06 May 2015 Biden's Meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President The Vice President underscored the United States’ strong commitment to working with the global coalition and the Iraqi people to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive campaign including military, political, economic, and humanitarian efforts.
17 April 2015 U.S. Condemns Erbil Attack (State.gov) "The United States condemns the attack in Erbil today in which a vehicle-born improvised explosive device detonated outside the U.S. Consulate and took a number of innocent lives. ... We appreciate the rapid response of the Kurdistan Regional Government authorities to this matter and we will work with them to investigate the incident to determine the facts behind the explosion."
16 April 2015 Ramadi's Plight Highlights US-Iraqi Strategic Divide U.S. and Iraqi officials appear to be out-of-sync on how best to inflict a lasting defeat on the Islamic State group (IS) as another Iraqi city appears poised to fall into the terror organization’s grip.
15 April 2015 Carter, Iraqi Defense Minister Reaffirm Commitment Bilateral cooperation and progress in countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists highlighted a meeting at the Pentagon yesterday between Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi.
14 April 2015 Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq President Obama welcomed Haider Al-Abadi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, and the accompanying delegation to Washington from April 13-16, 2015. The President and the Prime Minister met today at the White House to reaffirm the long-term U.S.-Iraq strategic partnership based on mutual respect and common interests and their shared commitment to the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement.
14 April 2015 White House Fact Sheet on U.S.-Iraq Cooperation The strategic partnership between the United States and the Republic of Iraq spans a wide-range of sectors, including Defense and Security, Political, Diplomatic, and Humanitarian Assistance, Energy, Trade & Finance, Education and Culture.
09 April 2015 Vice President Biden on Situation in Iraq "The Sunnis realized they preferred a united, federal Iraq under a new government to being at the mercy of ISIL or dependent upon the other Sunni states. The Kurds realized that withdrawing from Iraq was not a viable option, and they did not want a terrorist state on their doorstep. .... And the Shia, they realized they didn’t want to take on ISIL alone or become a vassal of a neighboring state. Consequently, they each concluded they were better off if they were in this together. And to quote a famous American politician in an early war of ours, we either hang together or hang separately."
28 March 2015 Biden's Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi 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. ... Both leaders expressed their strong support for continued cooperation between the Iraqi government and the international coalition.
16 March 2015 Special Presidential Envoy Allen on Stabilizing Iraqi Territories "A successful stabilization effort begins with fair treatment during military operations. We applaud Iraqi leaders, including His Eminence Ayatollah Sistani, who publicly called for the protection of civilians and warned against acts of revenge, recrimination, or abuse against civilians or prisoners."
06 March 2015 Kerry on Daesh's Destruction of Historical Heritage in Iraq "This crude attempt to erase the heritage of an ancient civilization will ultimately fail. No terrorist can rewrite history. And just as the United States stands with the Iraqi and Syrian people in their fight against brutality, we also recognize the need to preserve national treasures -- a critical component of a unified society."
04 March 2015 Readout of Vice President Biden's Call with Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. They discussed ongoing military operations in Iraq, including in Anbar and Salah ah Din provinces.
23 December 2014 State’s Clements on U.S. Aid in Response to Iraq Crisis, Syria
02 December 2014 U.S. Congratulates Iraq on Hydrocarbon Agreement (state.gov) "We congratulate the Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Governments on reaching a broad agreement on revenue management and oil exports originating from the Iraq Kurdistan Region and Kirkuk. This resolution, in line with its constitution, allows all Iraqis to benefit equitably from Iraq’s hydrocarbon sector."
19 November 2014 U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Iraq The United States strongly condemns the continued terrorist attacks in Iraq, including the suicide car bomb attacks today in Basrah and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in front of the Erbil Provincial Council Building that took a number of innocent lives. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and hope for a rapid recovery for those who were injured.
19 November 2014 Dempsey 'Encouraged, but Pragmatic' About Iraq U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey is “encouraged, but pragmatic” about progress in Iraq to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. It will also take time, he said. The new Iraqi government has dismissed a number of military leaders and seeks to appoint more competent leaders from all sectors of Iraq to replace them.
18 October 2014 State Dept. on Selection of Final Cabinet Ministers in Iraq The United States looks forward to further strengthening our partnership with Prime Minister Abadi, his new cabinet, and the Iraqi people.
17 October 2014 White House on Deputy National Security Adviser’s Travel to Iraq Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken’s Travel to Iraq
14 October 2014 U.S. Condemns ISIL Attacks in Iraq The United States strongly condemns the vicious string of suicide, vehicle borne, and other attacks that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has perpetrated in Baghdad and surrounding provinces in recent days, taking scores of innocent lives.
19 September 2014 Kerry Statement as Chair of U.N. Security Council Debate on Iraq
14 September 2014 Kerry on Special U.S. Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter ISIL "The United States has asked one of our most respected and experienced military experts, General John Allen, to join the State Department to serve as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. In this role, General Allen will help build and sustain the coalition so it can operate across multiple lines of effort in order to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL."
14 September 2014 Kerry Interview with CBS News on Efforts to Counter ISIL
11 September 2014 United States Committed to Aiding Iraq’s Vulnerable Populations The United States and its partners are committed to overcoming the numerous obstacles to providing Iraq’s oppressed minorities the humanitarian aid they desperately need, U.S. officials told members of Congress September 10
11 September 2014 Attack Aircraft Pound ISIL Targets Near Iraq's Mosul Dam U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday near the Mosul Dam in support of Iraqi Security Forces.
10 September 2014 Facts on U.S. Strategy to Counter ISIL Our goal is clear: to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy so that it’s no longer a threat to Iraq, the region, the United States, and our partners.
10 September 2014 Obama Pledges to Degrade, Destroy ISIL In a televised address to the American people, President Obama outlines his strategy for countering the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
• Hagel on Obama’s Plans to Destroy ISIL (via IIPDigital)
• Kerry on Obama’s Plans to Destroy ISIL (via IIPDigital)
10 September 2014 U.S. Officials on Plans to Destroy ISIL Background conference call by senior Administration officials previewing the President's address to the nation.
10 September 2014 Treasury’s Cohen: Combating ISIL’s Access to Financing "Imposing targeted sanctions on ISIL officials and financiers to cut off external funding networks is an important element of our strategy to undermine ISIL’s financial foundation. But we are mindful that ISIL, unlike many other terrorist groups, also relies on significant funding derived from sources internal to Syria and Iraq, including criminal conduct such as smuggling, extortion, and robbery."
08 September 2014 U.S. Congratulates Iraqis on the Formation of a Government "Iraq’s leaders must now govern with the same sense of purpose that helped them bring this government together. Moving forward in implementing the roadmap of their National Plan will help address many of the long-standing political and economic grievances that have divided Iraq’s diverse communities."
• Kerry on Formation of Iraqi Government
08 September 2014 Airstrikes in Iraq ‘Tremendously Effective,’ Pentagon Official Says "Certainly, ISIL forces realize that when American airpower is deployed, their chance of survival goes to nil," Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
07 September 2014 White House on Airstrikes Around Haditha Dam in Iraq "Yesterday, at the direction of the President and in coordination with the Government of Iraq, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Iraq, in support of Iraqi Security Forces’ efforts to retain control of and defend the critical infrastructure of the Haditha Dam in Anbar province."
05 September 2014 Kerry, Hagel Joint Statement on ISIL Meeting with Key Partners
04 September 2014 U.S., UK United Against Islamic State Militants President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron say their countries will not be intimidated by “barbaric killers.” Their comments come after Islamic State militants killed two American journalists.
04 September 2014 Hagel: Clear Mission to Degrade, Destroy ISIL Capability (via IIPDigital)
03 September 2014 Kerry on Murder of Steven Sotloff by ISIL Terrorist Group (via IIPDigital)
03 September 2014 U.S. and Iraq Sign a Joint Action Plan to Combat Nuclear and Radioactive Smuggling (State.gov) The signing and donation of radiation detection equipment reflect the common conviction of the U.S. and Iraqi Governments that nuclear smuggling and nuclear and radiological terrorism are critical and ongoing global threats that require a coordinated, global response.
01 September 2014 White House on President's Authorization of Operations in Iraq
30 August 2014 Secretary Kerry: Threat of ISIS Demands a Global Coalition
27 August 2014 Hagel: 7 Nations Pledge Arms for Iraqi Kurds in ISIL Fight Seven nations have joined the United States and the Iraqi government with pledges to provide arms to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, where they are battling terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
26 August 2014 Obama Approves Surveillance Flights Over Syria A senior White House official says President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria. On August 25, a White House official said that Obama has not approved any military action, but that the U.S. is preparing military options for combating the Islamic State fighters who have taken over large areas in eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
25 August 2014 U.S. Sees Different Ways to Confront ISIL Besides Military White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that while the United States is serious about confronting the Islamic State threat, military force is not the “only tool in the toolbox.” He added that the only sustainable solution will require the active involvement of an effective and inclusive Iraqi government.
25 August 2014 U.S. Central Command Update on Airstrikes in Iraq U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using attack and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes in the vicinity of Irbil and Mosul Dam.
22 August 2014 Readout of Secretary Kerry's Call With Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari (State.gov)
22 August 2014 Hagel: Joint Efforts Blunt ISIL’s Advance in Iraq (via IIPDigital)
21 August 2014 U.S. Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter, remotely piloted and attack aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam.
20 August 2014 President Obama on Murder of Journalist by Terrorist Group ISIL
"Today, the entire world is
appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL.
... The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to
protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When
people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that
justice is done. And we act against ISIL, standing alongside others."
• Secretary Kerry on Murder of Journalist by Terrorist Group ISIL
19 August 2014 Defense Department on Airstrikes near Mosul Dam in Iraq U.S. military forces today continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq,
using a mix of fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft to
successfully conduct 15 airstrikes near the Mosul Dam. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
• Defense Department on Ongoing Operations in Iraq (IIPDigital)
19 August 2014 President Obama on Ongoing Operations in Iraq "Today, with our support, Iraqi and Kurdish forces took a major step forward by recapturing the largest dam in Iraq near the city of Mosul. ... Iraqi and Kurdish forces took the lead on the ground and performed with courage and determination."
17 August 2014 White House on President's Authorization of Operations in Iraq Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the President's Authorization of Operations in Iraq.
15 August 2014 Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, after Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2170 on ISIL and the al-Nusrah Front in Iraq and Syria (via USUN)
14 August 2014 National Security Advisor Rice on Iraq
12 August 2014 Humanitarian Assistance Continues in Iraq The United States and Britain have flown 14 humanitarian airdrops since August 7 to Yezidi refugees in the Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, a Defense Department official said. In addition, U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft, including F-15E Strike Eagles, F/A-18 Super Hornets and MQ-1 Predators, have executed 15 targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. citizens and forces in and around Erbil, Mayville said.
11 August 2014 U.S. Welcomes Important Step in Iraq's Government Formation Process The United States welcomes Iraqi President Fuad Masum’s charging of the nominee of the largest bloc in the Council of Representatives, Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, with the formation of a new government. ... The United States applauds President Masum’s fulfillment of his constitutional duties and urges the Prime Minister-designate to form a government that is representative of the Iraqi people and inclusive of Iraq’s religious and ethnic identities.
11 August 2014 President Obama on Recent Developments in Iraq "The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government -- one that represents the legitimate interests of all Iraqis, and one that can unify the country’s fight against ISIL. Today, Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort. Last month, the Iraqi people named a new President. Today, President Masum named a new Prime Minister designate, Dr. Haider al-Abadi."
11 August 2014 U.S. Aircrews Make 4th Airdrop of Food, Water to Iraqis The U.S. military conducted a fourth airdrop of food and water August 10 for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.
11 August 2014 Biden’s Call with Iraqi President Masum (IIPDigital)
08 August 2014 Obama Authorizes Iraq Air Strikes President Obama says America “is coming to help” thousands of Iraqis who are trapped and threatened by Islamist militants, and has authorized air strikes and humanitarian flights over northern Iraq.
07 August 2014 U.S. Officials on Actions in Iraq
07 August 2014 Biden’s Call with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President (via IIPDigital)
07 August 2014 Statement by President Obama on Iraq "I’ve, therefore, authorized targeted airstrikes, if necessary, to help forces in Iraq as they fight to break the siege of Mount Sinjar and protect the civilians trapped there. Already, American aircraft have begun conducting humanitarian airdrops of food and water to help these desperate men, women and children survive".
07 August 2014 Secretary Hagel on Humanitarian Assistance Operation in Iraq (via IIPDigital)
07 August 2014 Statement by Secretary Kerry on Iraq "President Obama has been unequivocal that he will do what is necessary and what is in our national interest to confront ISIL and its threat to the security of the region and to our own long-term security. He has been equally clear, as I have on my visit to Iraq and in all my conversations with Iraqi and regional leaders, that the only durable way to stop ISIL is for Iraq’s real leaders to unite and form an inclusive government as rapidly as possible within their own constitutional framework, including the selection of a prime minister. "
22 July 2014 U.N., U.S. Denounce ISIL Persecution of Iraqi Minorities The United States and U.N. Security Council denounced the persecution of Iraqi minorities under the control of radical Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which seeks to create a caliphate across parts of Iraq and Syria.
15 July 2014 Biden’s Call with Next Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker (IIPDigital)
15 July 2014 U.S. Congratulates Iraqis on the Election of a Parliamentary Speaker (state.gov) "We congratulate the Iraqi people on the election of a new parliamentary Speaker and two Deputy Speakers. The election of a Speaker is the first step in the critical process of forming a new government that can take into account the rights, aspirations, and legitimate concerns of all Iraq’s communities."
24 June 2014 ISIL Is Fighting to Divide, Destroy Iraq, Kerry Says At President Obama’s direction, Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling June 22–27 to the Middle East and Europe to consult with partners and allies on how the United States can support security, stability, and the formation of an inclusive government in Iraq; to discuss Middle East security challenges; and to attend the NATO Foreign Ministerial meeting.
23 June 2014 Secretary Kerry Press Availability on Syria and Iraq "Now with respect to Iraq and Prime Minister Maliki, I’m not going to comment on – it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the private conversations that I had with other leaders about their judgments or where they’re heading. But I will say this: All of the leaders that I talked with today, including Prime Minister Maliki, profess their commitment to meeting the date and their understanding that they need to move rapidly to form a government and that only by forming a government quickly will they be able to open up Iraq to the kind of embrace and support from the international community that it will need in order to fight ISIL going forward."
19 June 2014 President Obama on Situation in Iraq After a meeting with his national security team, President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Press Briefing Room on the situation in Iraq and the U.S. response in Iraq.
16 June 2014 Obama Weighs Options for Intervention in Iraq Citing the “huge investments and sacrifices” Americans have made in Iraq, President Barack Obama said today that he has asked his national security team to prepare a range of options to help Iraqi security forces stop rapidly advancing Sunni insurgents who have overrun much of the country’s north, control most of Anbar province and are now threatening the capital, Baghdad.
15 June 2014 State Dept. on ISIL Claims of a Massacre in Tikrit, Iraq "..one of the primary goals of ISIL is to set fear into the hearts of all Iraqis and drive sectarian division among its people. We condemn these tactics in the strongest possible terms and stand in solidarity with the Iraqi people against these horrendous and senseless acts of violence."
12 June 2014 U.N. Security Council to Meet on Iraq Crisis (via IIPDigital)
12 June 2014 Biden's Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (via IIP Digital)
11 June 2014 Biden’s Call with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan on Iraq (via IIPDigital
10 June 2014 U.S. Condemns ISIL Assault on Mosul The United States is deeply concerned about the events that have transpired in Mosul over the last 48 hours where elements of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL) have taken over significant parts of the city. ... ISIL continues to gain strength from the situation in Syria, from which it transfers recruits, sophisticated munitions, and resources to the fight in Iraq.
06 March 2014 Iraq, U.S. Make Progress in First Trade, Investment Meeting Senior representatives of the governments of Iraq and the United States advanced trade and bilateral relations between the two countries at the inaugural meeting of the United States–Iraq Council on Trade and Investment (TIFA Council) in Washington. The TIFA process is a key part of the sustained and multifaceted high-level engagement between the two governments and focuses on tackling major trade and investment challenges.
10 February 2014 U.S. Condemns Attack on the Convoy of Iraqi Parliament Speaker Nujaifi "The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on the convoy of the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Osama al-Nujaifi, in Ninewa province. Speaker Nujaifi has been a strong partner of the United States’ efforts in Iraq and we are grateful that he was unharmed in the attack."
05 February 2014 White House on U.S.-Iraq Energy Joint Coordination Meeting "Following on that [November 2013] meeting, today in Baghdad, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the State Department Carlos Pascual co-chaired the Energy Joint Coordination Committee with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Hussain Al Shahristani. These meetings provided an important opportunity for the Governments of Iraq and the United States to further our cooperation to strengthen and secure energy infrastructure, develop natural gas resources and reduce gas flaring, support improvements in electricity generation, and examine the roles efficiency and renewable energy can play in meeting Iraqi energy needs."
29 January 2014 U.S. Embassy Baghdad on Deputy Secretary Burns' Visit to Iraq Deputy Secretary Burns met today in Baghdad with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Speaker of the Council of Representatives Osama Nujaifi, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, and National Security Advisor Faleh Fayyad. In all of these meetings, the Deputy Secretary confirmed the enduring U.S. commitment to Iraq as defined in the Strategic Framework Agreement.
26 January 2014 Biden's Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki This afternoon, Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Vice President spoke about the United States’ ongoing support for Iraq in its fight against Al Qaeda in Iraq / the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (AQI/ISIL)
09 January 2014 Biden's Call with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Barzani Vice President Biden spoke today with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani. The two discussed their support for the joint efforts by local and tribal leaders and Iraqi Security Forces to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
08 January 2013 Biden's Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki This morning, Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Vice President encouraged the Prime Minister to continue the Iraqi government’s outreach to local, tribal, and national leaders and welcomed the Council of Ministers’ decision to extend state benefits to tribal forces killed or injured in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
07 January 2013 Pentagon Reaffirms Commitment, Confidence in Iraqi Capability The U.S. Defense Department remains committed to helping the government and people of Iraq to root out terrorists seeking safe haven, Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steven Warren told reporters. In working closely with the Iraqi government, Warren said, the primary assistance has come through the State Department’s foreign military sales program.
05 January 2014 White House Official's Call with Iraqi National Security Advisor Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken spoke with Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyad today.
26 December 2013 Terrorist Attack on Camp Hurriya in Iraq "The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s rocket attack at Camp Hurriya that has reportedly killed and injured camp residents and also injured Iraqi police officers. Our condolences go out to the families of the victims and we hope for the swift recovery of those injured."
26 December 2013 State Dept. Fact Sheet on U.S.-Iraqi Efforts to Destroy Weapons In 2013, we mark ten years of U.S. Government assistance to Iraq for Conventional Weapons Destruction, including Humanitarian Mine Action, and are proud of the programs and partnerships that enable countless Iraqi citizens to live and work in their communities more safely. The United States has invested more than $235 million in Iraq since 2003 toward the clearance and safe disposal of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and excess conventional weapons and munitions.
30 October 2013 Obama, Maliki to Discuss Extremist Threats to Iraq President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will discuss
ways to counter the re-emergence of al-Qaida in Iraq, which now calls
itself the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant, when the Iraqi leader
visits the White House November 1.
• State Department Briefing on Iraq
24 October 2013 U.S. Pledges Support to UN Trust Fund for Resettlement of Camp Hurriya Residents The United States welcomes the establishment of the United Nations Trust Fund to support the resettlement of individuals currently residing at Camp Hurriya in Iraq. We are pleased to announce that the United States plans to provide $1 million to the UN Trust Fund.
01 September 2013 U.S. Condemns Attack at Camp Ashraf in Iraq (state.gov) The United States strongly condemns the terrible events that took place at Camp Ashraf today, which according to various reports resulted in the deaths of and injuries to numerous camp residents. …We further call on Iraqi authorities to act with urgency to immediately ensure medical assistance to the wounded and to secure the camp against any further violence or harm to the residents.
16 August 2013 Iraq, U.S. Discuss Cooperation Against Regional Extremism The Obama administration is committed to working with Iraq to address the challenges it faces from the conflict in neighboring Syria and violent extremism that threatens its own internal stability, Secretary of State John Kerry says. A senior U.S. official who asked not to be identified told reporters August 15 that the United States plans to sell Iraq a $2.6 billion integrated air defense system for its security forces that will include radar, missiles, guidance systems, training and support.
03 June 2013 State Dept. on Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents to Albania "On May 31, thirty residents of Camp Hurriya departed Iraq for permanent relocation in Albania. The United States commends the Government of Albania’s generous offer to accept up to 210 former Camp Hurriya residents. This marks the second in a series of planned moves to relocate Camp Hurriya residents to Albania. Albania continues to be a strong partner of the United States in contributing to peace and stability in Iraq."
20 May 2013 Change in Behavior Sparks Removal of Sanctions on Iraqi Bank The U.S. Department of the Treasury lifted sanctions against the Elaf Islamic Bank in Iraq following what the department said was the bank’s “significant and demonstrated change in behavior.” U.S. financial institutions are once again permitted to open or maintain correspondent accounts or payable-through accounts in the United States for Elaf Islamic Bank.
08 May 2013 First All-Women Iraqi Police Officer Class Attending Training in the United States A delegation of ten women police officers from Iraq arrived in the United States this week for three weeks of training, the first all-female delegation to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Iraq Police Education Program. The officers represent a cross-section of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, including criminal investigation, domestic violence, and training units.
24 March 2013 Secretary Kerry's Press Briefing in Baghdad "Iraq today continues – and I saw this in my meetings and felt it in the discussions that I had – continues to face some tough challenges on fulfilling that promise. .. I want to assure the Iraqi people today that as you recover from four decades of war and dictatorship, and as you courageously face down lingering menace of terrorism, the United States is going to continue to uphold our end of the Strategic Framework Agreement."
10 February 2013 State Department on Terrorist Attack on Camp Hurriya in Iraq The United States condemns in the strongest terms the vicious and senseless terrorist attack that took place this morning at Camp Hurriya killing 6 people and injuring dozens more. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and hope for the swift recovery of those who were injured.
06 December 2012 U.S., Iraq Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement American and Iraqi officials signed a memorandum of understanding December 6 in Baghdad that will make it easier for the two countries to work together. The committee discussed efforts to strengthen security cooperation between the two nations.
28 November 2012 Fact Sheet on U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stephen Beecroft and Deputy Prime Minister Salih al-Mutlaq launched the first meeting of the Services, Technology, Environment and Transportation Joint Coordinating Committee under the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement at the Council of Minister's Secretariat. The two governments agreed to expand U.S.-Iraq cooperation in the areas of health, agriculture, water, and private-sector development.
16 September 2012 State Department update on Camp Ashraf "Today, the seventh convoy of approximately 680 Camp Ashraf residents arrived safely at Camp Hurriya. This convoy represents the last major relocation of residents from former Camp Ashraf to Camp Hurriya and marks a significant milestone in efforts to achieve a sustainable humanitarian solution to this issue."
29 August 2012 State Dept. on Resumed Progress toward Camp Ashraf's Peaceful Closure "The Government of Iraq has made considerable efforts to achieve a peaceful and secure resolution for the residents of Camp Ashraf, and we urge continued steps to address humanitarian concerns raised at Camp Hurriya by the residents".
23 August 2012 Dempsey Finds Familiar, Unfamiliar in Baghdad The relationship between Iraq and the United States is improving because U.S. officials did what they said they would do, the chairman said. When the United States and Iraq negotiated the agreement for U.S. troops to leave Iraq in December, many Iraqis believed it wouldn’t happen, he said.
01 August 2012 State Dept. on Camp Ashraf The United States is concerned by the Government of Iraq’s reference on July 31 to the possible closure of Camp Ashraf by involuntary relocation of its residents. We urge the Government of Iraq to remain patient and flexible in seeking a voluntary arrangement for continued relocations, as only a peaceful resolution to the situation at Camp Ashraf is acceptable
05 May 2012 State Dept. on Iraq's Camp Ashraf "With over half of the initial resident population now relocated to Camp Hurriya, the United States will be able to increase its focus on the safe relocation of the residents from Camp Hurriya out of Iraq."
16 March 2012 White House Adviser on New Partnership with Iraq Remarks by Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President at the Center for American Progress, Washington, DC.
16 February 2012 State Department on Situation at Camp Ashraf, Iraq The United States continues to pursue a peaceful, humane solution to the untenable situation at Camp Ashraf. The critical next step is the voluntary movement of the first group of 400 Ashraf residents to the new transit facility at Camp Hurriya (former Camp Liberty). The United States supports the UN’s call for the Iraqi government and the residents of Camp Ashraf to continue to cooperate and begin this movement peacefully and without delay
09 February 2012 U.S. Plans to Give More Embassy Jobs to Iraqis The Obama administration says it is “rightsizing” the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, with the goal of shifting its reliance on contract staff to hiring local Iraqis instead.
08 February 2012 Rightsizing U.S. Mission Iraq State Department special briefing with Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources, Thomas Nides.
07 February 2012 Briefing on Recent Developments at Camp Ashraf State Department Special briefing with Ambassador Daniel Fried.
20 January 2012 Fact Sheet: U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program in Iraq The United States has invested more than $209 million in Iraq since 2003 toward the clearance and safe disposal of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and excess conventional weapons and munitions. The goals of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) Program in Iraq are to protect victims of conflict through innovative Risk Education and Victims Assistance projects; to restore access to land and infrastructure by introducing innovative mechanical technologies and Mine Detection Dogs (MDD); and to promote Iraqi development of its humanitarian mine action capabilities.
25 December 2011 Secretary Clinton on Agreement on Camp Ashraf, Iraq The U.S. welcomes this important step toward a humane resolution to the ongoing situation at Ashraf
22 December 2011 White House on Terrorist Attacks in Iraq
18 December 2011 General Dempsey, Saudi Partners Discuss Iraq, Regional Challenges Hours after the last U.S. Forces Iraq convoy crossed the border into Kuwait on its way home, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sat down for the first time with Saudi officials in Riyadh to discuss Iraq and other developments in the region.
17 December 2011 Summary of Biden’s Call with Iraqi Leaders The leaders discussed the current political climate in Baghdad, and the Vice President reiterated the United States’ longstanding support for an inclusive partnership government in Iraq and for a long-term strategic partnership between our nations under the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement.
12 December 2011 The End of the War in Iraq President Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to discuss the end of the Iraq war and the steps necessary to realize a new phase in the relationship between the two countries.
12 December 2011 As Last Troops Depart, U.S. and Iraq Foresee Equal Partnership By the end of December, the last American troops will have departed from a “sovereign, self-reliant and democratic Iraq,” President Obama said, and both countries are moving forward on a postwar relationship that he said is one “based on Iraqi sovereignty and one based on equal partnerships, mutual interests and mutual respect.”
30 November 2011 Biden on Conclusion of U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Meeting "We are here for one reason and only one reason: to assist in the development of the capacity of this great nation. Because as you develop, as you reach your potential which has been stinted by -- stunted by Saddam and terror following it, it is good for the whole world, it will bring stability to this region. That is our sole interest in Iraq"
21 October 2011 Obama: All U.S. Forces to Leave Iraq by End of 2011 President Obama announced that by the end of 2011 all U.S. military forces will be withdrawn from Iraq. Obama made the announcement at the White House shortly after conferring with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in a secure video conference between Washington and Baghdad.
05 July 2011 Announcement of Opening of U.S. Consulate General in Basrah, Iraq U.S. Ambassador James F. Jeffrey officially opened the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah, Iraq, with Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman in attendance. During the opening ceremony, Ambassador Jeffrey invoked the commitment shared by Iraqis and Americans to freedom and democracy, as well as the authority granted to him by the President of the United States and the Secretary of State, elevating the U.S. PRT to the status of Consulate General.
25 August 2010 Mullen Credits U.S. Drawdown to Iraqi Forces’ Progress The U.S. military footprint in Iraq is down to fewer than 50,000 servicemembers because Iraq’s security forces are ready to provide for their nation’s security, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
02 August 2010 U.S. Is Meeting Pledge to End Combat Missions in Iraq President Obama says his administration is on track to fulfill its
promise of ending U.S. combat operations in Iraq by August 31. U.S.
forces are transitioning to a role of supporting and training Iraqi
security personnel and the United States is turning its focus toward
civilian efforts in the country.
•White House Press Release- Facts and Figures on Drawdown in Iraq
• President Obama on the End of Combat Operations in Iraq
30 March 2010 Briefing On Results of the Iraq National Elections Christopher R. Hill, Ambassador to Iraq briefed from Baghdad via satellite.
21 October 2009 Iraq Drawdown on Track, Policy Chief Says Although much work remains to draw down the U.S. troop presence in Iraq, Pentagon officials told Congress here today the Defense Department is well on schedule to meet President Barack Obama’s withdrawal timeline.
20 October 2009 Remarks by President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki Leaders discuss Afghanistan, security cooperation and economic development
01 October 2009 Statement on U.S.-Iraq Business and Investment Conference Conference, scheduled for October 20–21, promotes U.S.-Iraqi partnership.
20 April 2009 State's First "New Media Technology" Delegation Travels to Iraq Delegation includes nine senior high-tech company representatives.