Kurdish lawmakers seek release of 8 Turkish soldiers held by rebels

A small group of Kurdish lawmakers traveled to northern Iraq on Saturday to try to win the release of eight Turkish soldiers captured by Kurdish rebels in an ambush two weeks ago. The rebel group has signaled the soldiers could be released soon. The capture of the soldiers and the killing of 12 others in an Oct. 21 ambush within Turkish territory near the Iraqi border has been a key factor in the mounting pressure on Turkey's government to stage a cross-border offensive to fight Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq. The lawmakers from Turkey's Democratic Society Party will propose "initiatives" for the release of the soldiers, said party spokesman Kemal Avci in a telephone interview.