Unidentified militants carried out an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on a convoy carrying military equipment to a base housing US forces south of Baghdad on Monday, February 10, causing material damages to a vehicle but resulting in no casualties.
Similar attacks remain possible in the area over the near term.
Tensions have increased between Iran-backed Shi'a militia groups and the US since American forces killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike near Baghdad International Airport (BGW) on January 3. Notably, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), was also killed in the strike.
Individuals in Iraq are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area of the attack, remain vigilant for militant activity, 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.