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Kurd rebels free Turkish prisoners amid peace push

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Kurdish rebels on Wednesday freed eight Turkish prisoners in response to a new peace push by Ankara to end a 29-year-old insurgency in southeast Turkey. 

Iraqi Kurdish demonstrators hold up portraits of jailed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan during a demonstration calling for his release, outside the UN offices in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on February 15, 2012. Kurdish rebels on Wednesday freed eight Turkish prisoners in response to a new peace push by Ankara to end a 29-year-old insurgency in southeast Turkey.

The release of the eight who had been held for two years in northern Iraq came after jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan said last month that he hoped to see prisoners "reach their families."

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