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First batch of Kurdish fighters withdrawing from Turkey received by their comrades in northern Iraq.
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The first group of Kurdish fighters to withdraw from Turkey under a peace process has entered northern Iraq.



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The 13 men and women arrived in the area of Heror near Metina mountain on the Turkish-Iraqi border on Tuesday, and were greeted by comrades from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in a symbolic step towards ending a three-decades-old insurgency.



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They were carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles, light machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers and had rucksacks on their backs.


SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
PKK fighters began leaving their positions in southeast Turkey on May 8 after a ceasefire declared by Abdullah Ocalan, their jailed leader, in March to end a conflict that has killed 40,000 people.


SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

After the welcome, the apparently-exhausted fighters put down their weapons and warmed themselves at a fire.



SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
Some 2,000 PKK fighters are based in Turkey and will join several thousand of their comrades in their bases in northern Iraq in a process expected to take several months.


SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, is seeking political reforms to boost Kurdish rights in exchange for bringing the conflict to an end.



SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

A permanent peace could transform Turkey's impoverished Kurdish-majority southeast, where investment has remained scarce and infrastructure insufficient due to the threat of violence.



SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
Turkey is believed to be home to the largest single community of ethnic Kurds, who are scattered across Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.



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The first group of Kurdish fighters to withdraw from Turkey under a peace process has entered northern Iraq.

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The 13 men and women arrived in the area of Heror near Metina mountain on the Turkish-Iraqi border on Tuesday, and were greeted by comrades from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in a symbolic step towards ending a three-decades-old insurgency.

;*;They were carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles, light machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers and had rucksacks on their backs.;*;PKK fighters began leaving their positions in southeast Turkey on May 8 after a ceasefire declared by Abdullah Ocalan, their jailed leader, in March to end a conflict that has killed 40,000 people.;*;

After the welcome, the apparently-exhausted fighters put down their weapons and warmed themselves at a fire.

;*;Some 2,000 PKK fighters are based in Turkey and will join several thousand of their comrades in their bases in northern Iraq in a process expected to take several months.;*;

The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, is seeking political reforms to boost Kurdish rights in exchange for bringing the conflict to an end.

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A permanent peace could transform Turkey(***)s impoverished Kurdish-majority southeast, where investment has remained scarce and infrastructure insufficient due to the threat of violence.

;*;Turkey is believed to be home to the largest single community of ethnic Kurds, who are scattered across Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. Daylife ID:
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The first group of Kurdish fighters to withdraw from Turkey under a peace process has entered northern Iraq



 
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The first group of Kurdish fighters to withdraw from Turkey under a peace process has entered northern Iraq



 
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The 13 men and women arrived in the area of Heror near Metina mountain on the Turkish-Iraqi border on Tuesday and were greeted by comrades from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in a symbolic step towards ending a three-decades-old insurgency.

Tue, 14 May 2013 08:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=05algyQ08XcvPSAFIN HAMEDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

The 13 men and women arrived in the area of Heror near Metina mountain on the Turkish-Iraqi border on Tuesday and were greeted by comrades from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in a symbolic step towards ending a three-decades-old insurgency.

IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNREST
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They were carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles, light machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers and had rucksacks on their backs.

Tue, 14 May 2013 08:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=0c0380l8XX94xSAFIN HAMEDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

They were carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles, light machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers and had rucksacks on their backs.

IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNREST
IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNRESThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=0dblgGD9ot7DD

PKK fighters began leaving their positions in southeast Turkey on May 8 after a ceasefire declared by Abdullah Ocalan, their jailed leader, in March to end a conflict that has killed 40,000 people.

Tue, 14 May 2013 09:07:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=0dblgGD9ot7DDSAFIN HAMEDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

PKK fighters began leaving their positions in southeast Turkey on May 8 after a ceasefire declared by Abdullah Ocalan, their jailed leader, in March to end a conflict that has killed 40,000 people.

IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNREST
IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNRESThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=058t70v1he7qt

After the welcome, the apparently-exhausted fighters put down their weapons and warmed themselves at a fire

Tue, 14 May 2013 09:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=058t70v1he7qtSAFIN HAMEDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

After the welcome, the apparently-exhausted fighters put down their weapons and warmed themselves at a fire

IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNREST
IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNRESThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=02sEdGQ5nveW8

Some 2,000 PKK fighters are based in Turkey and will join several thousand of their comrades in their bases in northern Iraq in a process expected to take several months.

Tue, 14 May 2013 09:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=02sEdGQ5nveW8SAFIN HAMEDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Some 2,000 PKK fighters are based in Turkey and will join several thousand of their comrades in their bases in northern Iraq in a process expected to take several months.

IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNREST
IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNRESThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=038metF0QB0XM

The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, is seeking political reforms to boost Kurdish rights in exchange for bringing the conflict to an end

Tue, 14 May 2013 09:07:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=038metF0QB0XMSAFIN HAMEDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, is seeking political reforms to boost Kurdish rights in exchange for bringing the conflict to an end

IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNREST
IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNRESThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=0gfy76T8eBgny

A permanent peace could transform Turkey's impoverished Kurdish-majority southeast, where investment has remained scarce and infrastructure insufficient  due to the threat of clashes

Tue, 14 May 2013 09:11:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=0gfy76T8eBgnySAFIN HAMEDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

A permanent peace could transform Turkey's impoverished Kurdish-majority southeast, where investment has remained scarce and infrastructure insufficient  due to the threat of clashes

IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNREST
IRAQ-KURDISTAN-TURKEY-UNRESThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=07Gs2K7aTh1Mv

Turkey is believed to be home to the largest single community of ethnic Kurds, who are scattered across Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.

Tue, 14 May 2013 08:19:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/PKK-fighters?image_id=07Gs2K7aTh1MvSAFIN HAMEDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Turkey is believed to be home to the largest single community of ethnic Kurds, who are scattered across Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.

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