Two Iraqi soldiers killed in clash with PKK in Sinjar

A clash erupted in northwest Iraq between the Iraqi army and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), leaving two Iraqi soldiers dead and five militants wounded, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Monday.

The clashes took place in Iraq's northwest city of Sinjar after the PKK members were not permitted to go through an army checkpoint, according to the website.

The PKK, which has fought a decades-long insurgency in southern Turkey for self-rule and is labelled a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has bases in northern Iraq, gained a presence around Sinjar after it helped capture the city from Islamic State.