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29 Dec 2018 | 03:53 AM UTC

Iraq: IS militants kill two police officers near Khanaqin (Diyala province) Dec. 28

Iraq News Alert

Islamic State (IS) militants kill two police officers in attack near Khanaqin (Diyala province) December 28; fighting ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/28/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/30/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Khanaqin (Diyala province)


Islamic State (IS) militants killed two police officers in an attack on an Iraqi federal police installation near Khanaqin (Diyala province) on Friday night (local time), December 28. The militants reportedly took control of the village of Qaya after the attack near Khanaqin; fighting is ongoing in the area, according to local sources. Further IS attacks on security forces are possible in Diyala province in the near term.


While former 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 the affected area are advised to report suspicious objects and behavior to the police, 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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