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13 Feb 2019 | 02:44 AM UTC

Iraq: Islamic State militants kill security officer near Khanaqin (Diyala) Feb. 11

Iraq News Alert

Islamic State (IS) militants kill border guard and wound another near Khanaqin (Diyala province) February 11; similar militant attacks on security checkpoints possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/19/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Khanaqin (Diyala province)

Event

Islamic State (IS) militants launched an attack on a security checkpoint near Khanaqin (Diyala province), according to reports on Monday, February 11, killing one border guard and wounding another in ensuing clashes. Similar IS attacks on security forces and checkpoints are possible in eastern Iraq over the near term.

Context

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.

Advice

Individuals in Diyala province 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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