Turkish jets target Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

Strikes come amid speculation Turkey may mount offensive

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2018 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he arrives to parliament in Ankara, Turkey. Egyptians go to the polls next week in what is essentially a one-candidate election -- but almost nowhere has democracy taken hold in the region. Turkey has free elections but an increasingly illiberal system whose politicized security apparatus and judiciary has put many thousands of opponents of Erdogan in jail. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

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.