Security: Airstrikes target two vehicles belonging to Iranian-aligned Shi'a militias, killing at least 6 people near Camp Taji, Iraq, early Jan. 4.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert affects Baghdad

This alert began 03 Jan 2020 23:48 GMT and is scheduled to expire 05 Jan 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Suspected US airstrikes
  • Location: Near Camp Taji in Taji District (map)
  • Time/Date: Early Jan. 4
  • Impact: Increased security measures, localized traffic disruptions; additional possible violence

Summary
Airstrikes likely targeted two vehicles belonging to Iran-backed Shi'a militias near Camp Taji in Iraq's Taji district early Jan. 4. The airstrikes reportedly killed six militia fighters, including senior leaders of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs). Iraqi media has attributed the airstrikes to the US, but US officials have yet to comment on the incident.

Increased security measures and localized transport disruptions are likely near the impact area.

Background and Analysis
The recent airstrikes come a day after the US killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and several Iraqi Shi'a militia leaders near Baghdad International Airport via an airstrike. Soleimani's killing has elicited fears that Iran and its proxies might conduct retaliatory attacks against the US and its interests in the country and region. The US Department of State issued a security alert Jan. 3 urging its citizens to leave Iraq.

Advice
Avoid the scene of the incident. If incoming artillery fire is reported in the general vicinity, stay indoors, away from windows and exterior walls, and, if possible, move to a ground floor or basement.

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