The airborne offensive into Iraq’s border region of Haftanin, some 15 kilometres (9 miles) from the Turkey-Iraq border, was launched following intense artillery fire into the area, said the Defence Ministry in Ankara.
US forces in Syria started pulling back on Monday from Turkish border areas, opening the way for Ankara’s threatened military invasion and heightening fears of a extremist resurgence.
Salar Chomany, 34, has traversed the remote region’s dramatic ridges and valleys for 12 years and turned his passion into his profession, working as a guide for energy companies exploring the region near the Iranian border.
The airport in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region, has come under attack several times in the past year, including by drones carrying explosives.
The assault on Ghwayran prison in the northeastern city of Hasakeh is one of Daesh's most significant since its "caliphate" was declared defeated in Syria nearly three years ago.
All the planes taking part in the operation, which it said targeted the areas of Derik, Sincar and Karacak, subsequently returned to their bases. It did not provide any information on casualties resulting from the strikes.
Turkish jets and artillery struck targets belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and commando troops then crossed into the region by land or were airlifted by helicopters, Defence Minister said in a video posted on the ministry’s website.