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Kurdish Rebels Free Turkish Hostage


Turkish Kurdish rebels have freed a Turkish policeman they held hostage for more than three months.

Members of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, released the policeman at a PKK base in northern Iraq in the presence of Turkey's Human Rights Association.

Human rights officials say the freed hostage, Hakan Acil, was in good physical condition.

The PKK is Turkey's largest Kurdish rebel group. It operates in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq. Over the last 20 years, the battle between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels has claimed more than 30,000 lives.

The U.S. lists the PKK as a terrorist organization. Turkey would like the U.S. to do more to crack down on PKK rebels in northern Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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