Multiple explosions were reported in Baghdad on the evening (local time) of Sunday, November 4, which left at least four people dead and 20 others wounded. The attacks, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, targeted Shi'a areas of the capital, including Sadr City and Kadhimiya, among others. Similar IS attacks targeting Shi'a areas are possible in Baghdad over 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 western and northern Iraq, and IS militants continue to carry out attacks on security forces and Shi'a communities. 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 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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