Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq's Sinjar, northeast Syria

The YPG, a U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State, did not immediately give its own precise death toll.

The air operation was conducted "within the scope of the global law" and "with the aim of destroying the hot beds of terrorism which target the unity, integrity, and safety of our country and nation".

The decision to hit positions held by the PKK across Turkey's borders was made after a slew of attacks against military outposts near borders with Iraq and Syria, the military said.

"This treacherous attack has led to the death and wounding of a number of our comrades", read a statement from the YPG general command.

"The dead are fighters and media officials from the People's Protection Units (YPG)", said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman, who had earlier reported a toll of three people killed in the dawn raids.

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A statement issued by Turkish military says the targets located at Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq and in a mountainous region in Syria.

The PKK established a presence in Sinjar after coming to the aid of the region's Yazidi population when Islamic State militants overran the area and purged its Yazidi population in the summer of 2014.

However, Kurdish sources said that five Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed by accident during a Turkish strike on a nearby PKK position.

The peshmerga are the Kurdish Regional Government's armed forces and the asayish its intelligence service.

In its statement, the military vowed to press ahead with operations against the PKK both inside Turkey and across its borders until the "last terrorist is eliminated".

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