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Al-Qamishli: Writer arrested upon return from Iraqi Kurdistan

KURDWATCH, January 17, 2011—On January 12, 2011, the writer Hawas Salman Mahmud (b. 1960, married, four children) was arrested at the border crossing Nusaybin/al-Qamishli upon his entry from Turkey. Mahmud, whose articles on Kurd-specific topics have been published on various websites, had visited Iraqi Kurdistan with his family. He is currently being held in the Political Security Directorate’s pretrial prison in al-Hasakah.

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