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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Turkish jets target Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

Strikes come amid speculation Turkey may mount offensive

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he arrives to parliament in Ankara on February 20, 2018. Burhan Ozbilici / AP Photo
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he arrives to parliament in Ankara on February 20, 2018. Burhan Ozbilici / AP Photo

Turkish jets have attacked suspected Kurdish rebel camps across the border in northern Iraq, in an operation that reportedly "neutralised" nine militants, state media reported.

The Anadolu new agency said the attack occurred early Thursday after drones detected a group of militants allegedly preparing to launch an attack against Turkey.

Turkey regularly targets the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq, where they maintain bases. Anadolu said 50 PKK rebels were killed or wounded in such operations since March 10.

Turkey said this week that its military may mount an offensive against the PKK in Iraq's Sinjar region if the Baghdad government doesn't act against the group, which is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey and its allies.

Turkey says Sinjar has turned into a PKK headquarters.