Mahmut Bozarslan is a journalist based in Diyarbakır, Turkey. I worked particularly in East and Southeast of Turkey but especially in Norhern Iraq . During this time, I followed almost all terrorist incidents in the region and I made very successful stories. Because of my Kurdish language skill I went to Northern Iraq and made stories many times. After about 2 years of experience with newspapers, I began to work in television. In this area, I especially focused on police court news. I have personally witnessed many operation and events, in the region which is concerning agenda of Turkey and world. For example, capturing of Şemdin Sakık , second man of PKK, and judicial process, Yüksekova gang judicial process, operations against Turkish Hezbollah, the attack to Diyarbakır police chief Gaffar Okkan and subsequent developments after attack, operations against KCK, which is top organization of PKK, unsolved murder investigations etc. I sometimes work as a cameraman during this process. I did broadcasts or phone connections to inform general public for many stories. Finally, I followed the ‘Güneş Operation’ against PKK, on Zap valley, where was operation done. Because of knowing English very well I was a source of information referenced by the foreign press frequently. The fastest ‘breaking news’ came out from courthouse of Diyarbakir during my shift. I did numerous private stories as well. Time out of police and judiciary stories, I did a lot of stories from Dicle University. I have done so many live broadcasts and phone connections for NTV and its affiliated organizations. I also joined broadcasts on BBC World channel. My many writings about science and literature, published in many national magazines. I also worked for AFP (text and video service), AP (photo service). Since 2015 I write articles on situations in Iraq, Syria and Turkey for Al Monitor. I also write stories for Voice of America.
Now that Iraq's central government in Baghdad has reclaimed oil-rich Kirkuk from the Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq is considering changes that could hurt Turkey's standing in the oil market there.
The Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir enters the Christmas season as a victim of plunder and vandalism, despite its location in a sealed-off area with heavy security presence.
Parts of Iraqi Kurdistan are witnessing turmoil as people living primarily around Sulaimaniyah are demonstrating against the Kurdistan Regional Government, but what's behind the turbulence?
Using reactivated sleeper cells and new tactics in Kirkuk, the Islamic State shows it's back in action even as it is about to lose all its territory in Iraq and Syria.
In Turkey’s Afrin operation, a glaring gap has emerged between the coverage of pro-government media and that of oppositional and foreign media.
Now that Baghdad has lifted the ban on international travel to the Iraqi Kurdistan region, experts say the Turkish government needs to resume mutual flights as soon as possible.
Turkish audiences watch TV series more regularly than they watch the news — and the habit seems to be making Turkey's divide worse.
Iranian Kurdish sculptor Seywan Saeedian's life takes him across borders in a conflict-torn region, where artistic independence often comes at a steep price.
Election integrity remains a top concern for Turkey’s opposition ahead of the June 24 polls, especially for the country’s main Kurdish party, whose showing could be of critical importance.
Turkey's new government looks too much like the old one to offer Kurds much hope for a peaceful political resolution.
Istanbul denies claims from Human Rights Watch that Turkey has stopped registering Syrian refugees.
Diyarbakir’s book fair, one of the main cultural events of the region, had been stopped due to security reasons in 2015. Now that it is back, thousands of residents from Diyarbakir and region came to pick up a book or two.
In a rare show of unity, nine Kurdish parties in Turkey have established a joint platform to promote the use of the Kurdish language against what they see as a creeping danger of assimilation.
Turkish businesspeople have launched a campaign to restore ties between Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government, which were hit hard last year after Kurdistan's independence referendum.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has placed restrictions on the activities of the Kurdistan Workers Party in the areas it controls.
A hunger strike by Kurdish prisoners, initiated by a female parliamentarian to protest restrictions on visits to jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, may have dramatic consequences if Ankara sticks to its indifference, lawyers and activists warn.
The word “Kurdistan” is once again becoming taboo in Turkey, with the judiciary targeting parties and civic groups that use the word in their names.
A relatively new Kurdish group that doesn't reject relations with Turkey is rising, calling itself the Independent Kurdish Coalition of Syria.
Turkey’s wish for a joint operation with Iran against the outlawed Kurdish militants along the Turkish-Iranian border is back on the agenda once again, but how realistic is it? Experts believe it is not.
Turkey's decision to close its only border crossing with Iraq amid a spike in coronavirus cases there will deal a great blow to the country's economy, costing some $1 billion monthly.
The soccer team of Turkey’s largest Kurdish-majority city has become the target of nationalist animosity from rival fans as well as the government, which accuses the club of being linked to armed Kurdish militants.
Not even the coronavirus outbreak has slowed Ankara’s crackdown on local administrations held by Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party, which, many now fear, will continue until the last one is seized.
Some 4 million Syrians scattered across Turkey are among the most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout as most of them are unable to work due to restrictions and also cannot benefit from relief assistance.
Sulaimaniyah’s pursuit of enhanced self-governance has stoked concerns over the Iraqi Kurds’ hard-won unity as economic woes strain their autonomous region. Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2020/05/turkey-iraqi-kurdistan-intra-tensions-amo