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Those are some of the low points of two new videos of what appear to be Turkish-backed fighters abusing the mutilated body of a Kurdish fighter. The videos, which were posted on Saturday by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , have caused an unusual uproar in a war in which hard-to-watch footage has been a regular feature. The head of the rights group, Rami Abdul Rahman , said on Monday that he had obtained the videos from one of the fighters pictured in them, who identified the group as part of the Free Syrian Army. That the object of abuse was a partly naked woman added to the outrage, with some commentators saying that even the Islamic State would not have behaved as badly.
The deceased body of a Kurdish female fighter was defiled in an Afrin battle. Who was she and what was she fighting for? Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters in military fatigues can be seen swarming the corpse, groping the pockets of her jeans. Barin Kobani and her brother Ahmed, who saw the graphic video online before learning that it was his younger sister. In desperation, he called around hoping it was someone else with the same name. In agony, he delivered the news to the family.
By John Hall for MailOnline. After being shot dead by the Turkish forces, Elturk - who used the nom de guerre Ekin Van - appears to have been stripped and photographed. Leaked images of her naked corpse have since gone viral, with Kurdish activists furious at the attempt to humiliate the dead female fighter. Horror: After being shot dead by the Turkish forces, Kevser Elturk - who used the nom de guerre Ekin Van - appears to have been stripped and photographed. Leaked images of her naked corpse pictured have since gone viral, with Kurdish activists furious at the attempt to humiliate the female fighter. Following the release of the graphic images, the governor of Turkey's eastern province of Mus vowed to investigate how the image entered the public domain. He refused to comment on the nature of Elturk's death, however.