Militants reportedly affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) blew up an oil pipeline near Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, on Sunday, September 9. Local sources indicated that the explosion resulted in a fire that spread to the surrounding area, injuring two firefighters who had reached the scene. The attack has not yet been claimed by IS.
Although Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi claimed victory over IS in December 2017, the group retains a degree of freedom of movement in parts of the country, particularly in the north and west. In recent weeks, IS militants have carried out attacks against security forces south and southwest of Kirkuk. High-profile attacks often prompt equally significant security responses, including enhanced checkpoint operations and more proactive operations, with resulting effects on transit.
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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