2017-06-01: On Thursday (01 June) at least two civilians and several members of security forces were killed and several others wounded in two armed cross border incidents between Pakistani and Indian border patrols in Kashmirs districts of Poonch and Sopore.
Heightened security measures are to be expected, local traffic disruptions are possible. Further violent border incidents between Indian and Pakistani forces are possible in the next days. Travellers are advised to exercise increased caution, avoid the border area, and follow instructions of security forces.
2017-03-06: According to media reports from Monday (06 March), there were heavy fightings between left guerilla organization ELN and the criminal organization Clan del Golf, in the municipality of Alto Baudó, in the Chocó Department. According to the authorities on Sunday (05 March), more than 100 people had to flee. Colombian forces displaced additional soldiers into the region.
2017-02-26: On Sunday (26 February), the Philippine military attacked with the airforce on the island of Jolo, in Sulu State, alleged hiding places of the terror organization Abu Sayyaf, who hold a German sailor as hostage. According to the authorities, ground forces are preparing an offensive against Abu Sayyaf on Jolo.
Further military or police operations are to be expected on the island. Heightened security measures are to be expected. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution and to follow instructions from security forces.
2016-10-17: According to reports a long-awaited military offensive has started overnight Monday (17 October, local time) to recapture the second biggest city of Iraq Mosul. Mosul has been occupied by the so called Islamic State in 2014. The operation to retake the city may last several months.
Armed clashes and attacks are to be expected in this area of Iraq for the time being. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution and to follow instructions from security forces.