A bomb concealed inside of a bus detonated in Al-Qahira district (Baghdad) on Sunday, September 23, wounding at least three people. Security forces cordoned off the site following the attack, which the Islamic State (IS) is suspected of having carried out. Similar attacks are possible in Baghdad in the near-term.
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 northern and western 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 Baghdad are advised to remain vigilant for militant activity and adhere to any 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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