Iraqi security forces killed an Islamic State (IS) commander and four other suspected militants in the Hamrin Mountains northeast of Baqubah (Diyala province) on Sunday, April 14, according to Iraqi military sources. The report comes amid a security operation launched by the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS) on Thursday, April 11, targeting IS cells in the area. Similar security raids are to be expected in the area over the near term.
While former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed victory over the Islamic State (IS) group in December 2017, the group retains a degree of freedom of movement in parts of the country, particularly in western and northern Iraq.
Individuals in Iraq 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. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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