Missing pro-Israel Kurdish Journalist
Mawloud Afand reportedly found alive
July 22, 2012
The editor-in-Chief of the Israel-Kurd magazine, Mawloud
Afand, who has been missing since June 8, 2012 found
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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
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
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,www.ekurd.net
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
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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