Despite security efforts, insurgents pose new threats

Remnants of the IS militant group have stepped up the pace and reach of operations throughout northern Iraq, including attacks near energy infrastructure.
Despite security efforts, insurgents pose new threats
Kirkuk Gov. Rakan Saeed al-Jabouri (left) meets with Markus Ritter, the head of the EU Advisory Mission in Iraq (right), as well as other security officials, on Aug. 20, 2019, to discuss security coordination and stabilization in areas liberated from the self-proclaimed Islamic State militant group. (Photo credit: Kirkuk Province Press Office)

KIRKUK - Insurgents from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group continue to exploit persistent security gaps in northern Iraq – strengthening their grip on some rural townships across southern Kirkuk and northern Diyala provinces and launching attacks in areas once deemed safe.

Over the past two months, Iraq Oil Report has confirmed 30 separate attacks, including recent insurgent operations near Kirkuk energy infrastructure. At least 14 civilians have been killed in those incidents, and local leaders say they have had to evacuate several villages due to inadequate security.

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