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23 sept. 2020 | 13h16 UTC

Iraq: IED targets logistical convoy in Saladin province September 23

Iraq Alerte de sécurité

A coalition force convoy strikes IED in Saladin province on September 23; further attacks likely over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 23/9/2020, 12h00 until 25/9/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Salahuddin province

Event

A convoy providing logistical support for the US army and other coalition forces in Iraq struck an improvised explosive device (IED) on a highway in Saladin province on Wednesday, September 23. The incident reportedly occurred in the Al-Awja district of the province. The convoy was operated by Iraqi contractors and there have been no confirmed reports of casualties as yet. No group has claimed immediate responsibility for the attack.

Further attacks of a similar nature are likely across Iraq over the near term.

Context

Multiple IED attacks targeting logistics convoys supporting US forces have been reported in Iraq since August, with most such incidents being attributed to Shia militia groups. While the details regarding motivations and perpetrators associated with the attack remain unvalidated, the incidents coincide with an increase of tensions between the US and Shia militias following the second iteration of the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue held in late August. Recent attacks against convoys have generally utilized low-yield IEDs, presumably designed to hinder the progress of the convoys rather than to kill.

Advice

Those in the area are advised to monitor developments and adhere to all 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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