Initial reports indicate that a suicide car bomber struck a Federal Police checkpoint in the village of Tarqiyah, located near the city of Kirkuk, on Thursday, August 30. At least two policemen were killed and three others wounded in the attack. Further details regarding the incidents are still emerging.
Although Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi claimed victory over the Islamic State (IS) in December 2017, the group retains a degree of freedom of movement in parts of the country, particularly in western and northern Iraq. IS militants continue to carry out attacks, notably against security forces. High-profile attacks often prompt equally significant security responses, including enhanced checkpoint operations and more proactive operations, with resulting effects on transit.
Individuals in Kirkuk are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the areas of the explosions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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