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 Missing pro-Israel Kurdish Journalist Mawloud Afand reportedly found alive

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Missing pro-Israel Kurdish Journalist Mawloud Afand reportedly found alive  22.7.2012


The editor-in-Chief of the Israel-Kurd magazine, Mawloud Afand, who has been missing since June 8, 2012 found alive. Photo: M. Afand's Facebook See Related Links
July 22, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Mawloud Afand, the pro-Israel Kurdish journalist who disappeared in Iraq's Kurdistan region without a trace for 44 days, is alive, the Israel-Kurd institute in Europe reported on Sunday.

The editor-in-chief of Israel-Kurd magazine, Mawloud Afand visited Sulaimaniyah on June 8; later that day, both his cell phones were turned off.

Samuel Kermanshani, the Israel-Kurd institute's representative in Europe said that Mr. Afand is alive and good health, he spend the past month in Ashraf camp form where he couldn't use his cell phone or the Internet during his stay at the camp.

Ashraf camp-city is a refugee camp in Iraq's Diyala province and headquarters of the exiled People's Mujahedin of Iran, an opposition group of the Islamic regime in Tehran. It is situated northeast of the Iraqi town of Khalis, about 80 kilometers west of the Iranian border and 80 kilometers north of Baghdad. The population is estimated to be around 3000.

Kermanshani said, they will give more information about Afand's visit to the camp very soon, and added that Mr.Afand is on his way to Europe.

Mawloud Afand, disappeared on June 8 in Kurdistan region of Iraq. His friends say he traveled to the city of Sulaimaniyah where he was abducted by Iranian Intelligence, as reported on Israel Army Radio, and reported by Israel national news.

In June, Diyari Mohammed, a correspondent for the Israel-Kurd magazine in Sulaimaniyah, said "A woman who spoke Persian answered Afand's phone on June 13, but it has been switched off since then" adding "Afand's colleagues have raised the possibility he was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence".

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders expressed concern about the missing journalist.

Hamid Bodaghi, head of media relations for the Iranian Consulate in Sulaimaniyah, told Rudaw on July 5, they had no information about Afand.

Israel-Kurd magazine published interviews with Israeli officials and personalities. It was licensed by the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate and based in Erbil. Afand, originally from Iranian Kurdistan, faced constant opposition from the Iranian consulates in both Erbil and Sulaimaniyah.

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