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PKK Members Withdraw To Iraqi Kurdistan

Following a call by PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan from prison on Imrali island, members of the party have begun to move from Turkey into the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters stand at formation in northern Iraq May 14, 2013. The first group of Kurdish militants to withdraw from Turkey under a peace process entered northern Iraq on Tuesday, and were greeted by comrades from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in a symbolic step towards ending a three-decades-old insurgency. The 13 men and women, carrying guns and with rucksacks on their backs, arrived in the area of Heror, near Metina mountain on the Turkish-Iraqi border, a Reuters witness sa
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After a weeklong journey on foot, the first group of members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) heading toward the Iraqi-Turkish border arrived early today [May 14], and entered the Kurdistan region of Iraq through the border town of Harur in the province of Dohuk. The PKK members went in response to the call of their leader, Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence in the Turkish Imrali prison, following a peace process between the Turkish government and Ocalan, raising the ire of the Iraqi government.

This group comprising nine men and six women is the first to withdraw from Turkey and head to Iraq in response to the call of Ocalan to retreat from the Turkey. Upon the group’s arrival, an official welcoming ceremony was held by their fellow PKK members who are based, with their leadership, in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

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