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    President's Statement on Murder of James Foley

    "The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. He was taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria, and he was courageously reporting at the time on the conflict there."

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  • President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situations in Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri, from Edgartown, Massachusetts, August 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President Obama's Update on Iraq and Ferguson

    The long-term strategy against ISIL requires an inclusive Iraqi government that can unite all of Iraq’s communities against ISIL’s terrorism. The President outlined the “historic progress” Iraq has made toward this goal and the work that remains:

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  • President Barack Obama walks along the Colonnade at the White House with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Dec. 7, 2009

    President's Call with Prime Minister Erdogan

    The President spoke today with Prime Minister Erdogan to congratulate him on his election as the 12th President of the Republic of Turkey and wish him well as he begins his term later this month.

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  • President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq from Chilmark, Mass., August 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Statement by the President on Iraq

    (Aug 11): Over the past few days, American forces have successfully conducted targeted airstrikes to prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Erbil, and to protect American civilians there.

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  • Secretary Kerry Meets With Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu in Paris to Discuss Gaza Strip Cease-fire (Photo: US Department of State)

    Secretary Kerry Meets With Turkish FM Davutoglu

    Secretary Kerry: I’m delighted to have a chance to be able to welcome my colleagues, the Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu and Foreign Minister of Qatar Khalid Attiyah, here to the American Embassy in Paris.

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    Press Statement by John Kerry: Murder of James Foley

    James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria. He was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American who lived out the meaning of the word journalism. 

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    Statement by the President on the Completion by the M/V Cape Ray of the Destruction of Syria’s Declared Chemical Weapons

    "The most lethal declared chemical weapons possessed by the Syrian regime were destroyed by dedicated U.S. civilian and military professionals using a unique American capability aboard the M/V Cape Ray – and they did so aboard that U.S. vessel several weeks ahead of schedule." 

  • USAID is deploying assistance to Iraq. (USAID Image)
    Assistance to Iraq

    USAID is deploying humanitarian response experts to key locations in the region to help manage and coordinate U.S. Government support of the Government of Iraq's humanitarian aid effort for those displaced by ISIL. 

  • A Liberian woman holds a pamphlet with guidance on how to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading. (AP Image)
    Response to the Ebola Virus

    The United States is working with the World Health Organization and other international partners to help West African governments respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus as quickly as possible. 

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    Secretary Kerry's Press Statement on Iraq's Government Formation Process

    (Aug 11): The U.S. 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. 

  • President Obama Makes a Statement on Iraq - August 07, 2014 (Official White House Photo)
    Statement by the President on Iraq

    (Aug 7): Today I authorized two operations in Iraq -- targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death.   Video »

  • Historical Lydian Artefacts (Photo: Turkish Embassy, Washington)
    Historical Lydian Artefacts Delivered to Turkish Officials by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

    A ceremony was held on Tuesday August 5th, 2014 in the Turkish Embassy in Washington to deliver to Turkish officials ten historical artefacts from the Lydian period recovered byy the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Photo Gallery »

  • Turkish Modern Dancer and Choreographer Korhan Başaran
    Live from BAM: David Dorfman Dance and Korhan Başaran Company

    The New York-based company David Dorfman Dance returns to BAM with the world premiere of a new work, created in collaboration with the Turkish troupe Korhan Basaran Company and two Armenian guest artists as part of the fourth year of DanceMotion USA. Watch the performance which was aired live on August 16.  Behind The Scenes Video »

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    International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

    The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.   Turkey »

  • Remarks With UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby (Photo: U.S. State Dept)
    The Situation in Gaza

    Secretary Kerry (July 25): "Specifically, here is what we’ve been working to try to bring about. At this moment, we are working toward a brief seven days of peace – seven days of a humanitarian cease-fire in honor of Eid."   Video »

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    United States Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza

    Secretary Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. These funds will provide critical humanitarian aid, including shelter, food, and medical supplies to Palestinians in Gaza. 

  • President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Ukraine, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
    President's Update on the Situation in Ukraine

    President Obama made a statement on the current situation in Ukraine, in the wake of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 being shot down last week over territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.  Video »

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    Meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Working Group

    As part of our close and continuing cooperation with Turkey on a range of regional security challenges, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Turkish Foreign Ministry Under Secretary Feridun Sinirlioglu chaired a meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Working Group at the U.S. Department of State.  

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