Considering the current situation with ISIS in Iraq, is it safe for U.S. citizens to travel to Erbil and other major cities (Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah) in the Kurdish provinces in Iraq? Are there any U.S.-based travel agencies that could help arrange a tour of the region?
I travelled to Erbil two months back. You should not have any issues but it is not advised to stay for many weeks. The same is not the case with Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah. During my stay I was advised to not leave Erbil city because of possibility of widespread terror attacks. However, i am not sure if this qualifies for all types of trips. It is not a place for tourism at this point of time. However, if you are on some sort of business trip it should be quite safe.