Female fighter's body mutilated, Kurds enraged

Video showing Kurdish female fighter's mutilated body infuriates Syrian Kurds, Kurdish authorities blame incident on Turkey.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Fighting in Syria
Fighting in Syria

Syrian Kurds reacted with rage to videos showing Turkey-backed rebels mutilating and filming the body of a fallen female Kurdish fighter.

The young woman, Barin Kobani, joined the YPJ's all-women unit in 2015, and was fighting the Turks in northwest Syria when she was killed earlier this week.

Turkey and allied Syrian rebels launched an offensive against the Kurdish enclave Afrin in northern Syria on January 20. Turkish Prime Minister, a used a Pentagon announcement to the effect that the US would assist the SDF in transforming its Kurdish-Arab militias into a 30,000 fighters strong border security force as a pretext for invading Afrin, which has been under YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units) control since 2012.

Afrin forms the most northern part of what the Kurds call Rojava, the three cantons along the Turkish border which form the Kurdish autonomous region in Syria, and Erdogan intends to prevent their gaining the strength that might make them try for independence.

According to Kurdish officials, the Turkish forces "played with her corpse" and mutilated it. Videos show Kobani's bloodied body with what seems to be cuts in the torso, surrounded by a group of Turkey-backed fighters.

An unconfirmed report said Kobani was captured alive and then killed.

Turkey has not commented on the incident, but Kurdish authorities said they hold the Turkish government responsible, and called the perpetrators "Syria's terrorist allies."

The Syrian National Council condemned the mutilation and called to "punish those responsible."