BAGHDAD, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Four security members and three Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Wednesday in clashes in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a security source said.
A joint force from army and police commandos teamed up with Sunni tribal fighters raided an IS hideout in north of Razzaza Lake in the southern part of Anbar province, and fought heavy clashes with IS militants, a source from the Iraqi army told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The clashes left three suicide bombers killed, while four of the security forces were also killed and four others wounded, the source said.
The security situation in Iraq has been dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country in late 2017.
However, small groups and individuals of extremist militants melted or regrouped in urban or fled to desert and rugged areas, and are carrying out attacks against the security forces and civilians despite operations from time to time to hunt them down.