Mahmut Bozarslan


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Iraqi Kurdistan-Russia oil deal could have major implications for region

Monday, Jun. 12, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

The Kurdistan Regional Government quietly signed a major deal June 2 with Russian oil giant Rosneft, allowing Russia its first entry to the Kurdish oil market, which was dominated by the United States and Turkey.

Kurdish cantons in northern Syria already linked

Friday, Jun. 2, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

One of the most heated issues of the Syrian war has been the possibility of Kurdish cantons connecting, overcoming Turkey’s threatening objections. And now, with the Aleppo road open, Kurdish cantons are connected for the first time in four years.

Civic groups press to revive Kurdish peace efforts in Turkey

Friday, May. 26, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

After much bloodshed and destruction, a fledgling civic initiative in Turkey is seeking to bring Turks and Kurds closer to open the way for a fresh settlement effort to end the decadeslong Kurdish conflict.

Will arming of YPG help open Kurdish corridor in Syria?

Monday, May. 15, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

The US decision to provide heavy weapons to the YPG for the Raqqa operation provides hope to Kurds in Syria, but Turkey worries that the arms will be used to establish a Kurdish corridor.

How the US stood with Syria's Kurds

Thursday, May. 4, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

Turkish airstrikes against the YPG in Syria animated the region, but the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition is standing its ground when it comes to defending the Syrian Kurds.

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Mahmut Bozarslan

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Mahmut Bozarslan is based in Diyarbakir, the central city of Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast. A journalist since 1996, he has worked for the mass-circulation daily Sabah, the NTV news channel, Al Jazeera Turk and Agence France-Presse (AFP), covering the many aspects of the Kurdish question, as well as the local economy and women’s and refugee issues. He has frequently reported also from Iraqi Kurdistan. On Twitter: @mahmutbozarslan

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