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.