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Still banned from Turkey

For the second time since 2007, Turkey denied an Al-Monitor contributor entry because of his work as a journalist on Kurdish issues.
U.S citizens returning from Libya arrive at Ataturk international airport in Istanbul February 25, 2011. The United States announced on Friday it would soon impose sanctions on Libya and bluntly said the legitimacy of longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had been "reduced to zero." REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2J4AK

On March 2, for the second time since 2007, I was deported from Turkey — this time from Istanbul Ataturk Airport when I made a stopover en route to Iraqi Kurdistan to attend the Sulaimani Forum at the American University. The reason: writing about Kurds.

My plan was to go to the conference where many prominent analysts and officials were scheduled to speak, including Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and fellow Al-Monitor columnist Cengiz Candar. But I wasn’t allowed to make a "domestic" transfer through Turkey, despite telling customs control in Turkish, “I am going to Iraq, not Turkey.”

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