On Sunday, August 26, suspected Islamic State (IS) militants launched two separate attacks in the town of Mandali and in Abu Sayda district in Diyala province, killing a soldier and a civilian. Unidentified gunmen reportedly killed the soldier in Mandali before fleeing the scene, according to security officials on Sunday, and a mortar attack killed a woman in Abu Sayda. Additional IS attacks are possible in Diyala province in the near-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 northern and western 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.
Individuals in Diyala province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, 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.