Ongoing insurgent and military activity in Syria and throughout northwest Iraq has destabilised the region, meaning that safety is a major concern for expats relocating to Iraq. Employers invest huge amounts to ensure that work premises and expat housing compounds are secure. Despite this, expats should consider the safety concerns involved in moving to Iraq.

Terrorism and insurgency in Iraq

There is a continuing threat of terrorism throughout Iraq, with suicide bomb attacks, roadside bombs, car bombs and rocket attacks occurring frequently.

Attacks can occur without warning throughout Iraq. Terrorists, extremists and both pro and anti-government militia conduct frequent attacks on a range of targets in Iraq, including targets inside the International Zone in Baghdad. 

Both civilian and military aircraft approaching or departing from Baghdad International Airport have been attacked in the past. 

Attacks have also occurred against the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN, various NGOs, journalists and foreign contractors, as well as against Iraqi civilians. Although it is almost impossible to predict terrorist attacks, expats living in Iraq should be vigilant at all times.