While Kurdish fighters are expected to do the brunt of the fighting, the United States is wary of angering its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey and will want its cooperation in the final effort to stamp out the jihadist group in Syria.
The Turkish military has carried out air strikes against Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) militants near Iraq's Sinjar mountains and northeastern Syria to prevent the group from sending weapons and explosives for attacks inside Turkey, it said on Tuesday.
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The targeted regions have become "terror hubs" for the PKK, which were used as an ammunition and terrorist source for PKK attacks within Turkey, the statement added.
The air operation was conducted "within the scope of the worldwide law" and "with the aim of destroying the hot beds of terrorism which target the unity, integrity, and safety of our country and nation".
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The YPG said the strikes hit a media center.
A Turkish security official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government protocol, said the airstrikes are believed to have killed around 200 Kurdish militants, including some senior commanders.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long said that the Sinjar region, some 115 km (71 miles) from the Turkish border, is becoming a hotbed for PKK militants, and that Ankara would take measures to stop the group expanding its activities there. "Coalition forces must not remain silent against this", he said.
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". More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.