An improvised explosive device targeted a convoy providing logistical support for international coalition forces in Iraq on a highway near Diwaniyah (Al-Qadisiyyah province) on Saturday, August 29. The latest incident against targets associated with the presence of foreign troops in the country occurred near the Nile Bridge on Highway 1, linking Diwaniyah and Hillah. There have been no reports of casualties and no group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack. Previous attacks on targets affiliated with the presence of foreign troops have been attributed to Shia militia groups.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the near term as security forces carry out investigations. Further attacks against Western targets in Iraq cannot be ruled out.
The attack came on the same day as rocket fire was reported in Baghdad's Green Zone and is the latest in a series of attacks against targets linked with the presence of US troops in Iraq. The attacks have intensified in recent weeks and have been linked to Iranian-aligned Shia militia groups operating in the region.
Individuals in the area are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all 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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