An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Daquq district (Kirkuk province) early on Friday, November 27, wounding four Iraqi soldiers. Additional security personnel have been deployed to the area in response to the incident. No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, although Islamic State (IS) militants are known to operate in the areas.
Security operations are expected in the vicinity of the incident in the coming hours. Further similar attacks are likely to occur in Kirkuk province over the medium term.
Although Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi claimed victory over the Islamic State (IS) in December 2017, the group retains a degree of freedom of movement in parts of the country, particularly in western and northern Iraq. 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.
Those in Kirkuk province 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.