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  1. Turkey Main Page
  2. A New Republic and President
  3. Oppression of Kurds and Kurdish Culture and Deadly Clashes
  4. Terrorism; Attempts to Improve the Government
  5. Improvements for Civil Rights and the Secular Movement
  6. Turkey Takes on Bigger Role on the World Stage
  7. 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Turkey
  8. Relations Between Syria and Turkey Deteriorate
  9. Eight Captives Freed by Kurdish Rebels
  10. Israel Formally Apologies to Turkey for 2010 Commando Raid
  11. Anti-Government Protests Call for Erdogan's Resignation
Eight Captives Freed by Kurdish Rebels

On March 13, 2013, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (P.K.K.) released eight Turkish soldiers and civil servants. The captives were kidnapped in 2011 and 2012 and held by the Kurdish militants in the mountains of northern Iraq. The P.K.K. has been using forms of guerrilla warfare against Turkey for almost three decades.

The P.K.K.'s leader, Abdullah Ocalan ordered the release of the eight captives. A prisoner himself since 1999, Ocalan has been in peace talks with Turkish government officials since 2012. If peace between the Kurdish rebels and Turkey could be achieved it would end a war that has so far claimed 40,000 lives.

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