Unidentified gunmen fired into a coffee shop in the Tarmiyah area (Salah Al-Din province) on Tuesday, January 29, killing three people and wounding another. While no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the Islamic State (IS) group is suspected of carrying it out. Similar attacks are possible in Salah Al-Din province over the coming weeks.
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. 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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