The Islamic State group ISIS allegedly killed three troops and hurt four others in an attack in northern Iraq earlier this week. 

A military source said the attack happened despite ISIS dwindling in one area in the Middle East since its military defeat in 2019.

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Photos of the destruction in the old city of Shingal (Sinjar) after the war with the Islamic State (Photo by Levi Clancy via Wikimedia Commons)

The source told the Associated Press (via Dawn) that the terrorists used automatic guns on their barracks in Wadi al-Naft. The said location is about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of the city of Kirkuk.

The federal government of Iraq, which controls Kirkuk, and the independent northern region of Kurdistan are at odds over the area where the attack happened. 

I.S. took over large parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014 and declared a “caliphate” that they ruled until late 2017 when Iraqi forces backed by a US-led military coalition defeated them.

The United Nations says that the terrorists can still use a secret network of fighters to attack both sides of the border.

The international group, per Arab News report, said that I.S. strikes in both Iraq and Syria had gone down.

In March, a top military official in the Shiite-majority country of Iraq said I.S. had between 400 and 500 active troops.