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Kurdish militants dismiss Turkey withdrawal reports

Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan poses in front of Turkish flags after he arrived at the prison island of Imrali, in the Sea of Marmara in this February 18, 1999 file photo. — Reuters picKurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan poses in front of Turkish flags after he arrived at the prison island of Imrali, in the Sea of Marmara in this February 18, 1999 file photo. — Reuters pic

Turkish intelligence officials began peace talks with the jailed leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) late last year and a report on Thursday said its guerrillas would withdraw to northern Iraq by the Kurdish new year on March 21. — Reuters

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