Suspected Islamic State (IS) militants killed at least one Iraqi soldier and wounded another in an attack on an army base in the Bir Ahmed area of Tuz Khurmatu (Saladin governorate) on Thursday, September 3. It remains unclear at this time whether IS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
A heightened security presence is to be anticipated in the governorate over the coming days. Further attacks cannot be ruled out.
Iraq declared victory over IS in December 2017 after a three-year military campaign against it; however, IS militants continue to carry out attacks, notably against security forces. High-profile attacks often prompt equally significant security responses, including enhanced checkpoint operations and more proactive operations, with resulting effects on transit. There has been an increase in attacks in recent months, with the governorate of Diyala bearing the brunt of these attacks.
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. 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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