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The family of the late 23-year-old YPJ fighter Barin Kobani during a mourning ceremony after Turkish-backed Syrian rebels filmed her mutilated body   The family of the late 23-year-old YPJ fighter Barin Kobani during a mourning ceremony after Turkish-backed Syrian rebels filmed her mutilated body   (AFP or licensors)

Kurds shocked over 'mutilated' female fighter video, Turkey remains silent

Mobile phone footage of Turkish-backed rebels mutilating the corpse of a female Kurdish fighter killed in Syria has caused outrage.

By Nathan Morley

In one of the most gruesome episodes of the conflict, Kurds in Syria have accused Turkish-backed rebels of mutilating the body of a female Kurdish
fighter, then posting the footage online.

The victim, a member of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit - known as YPG - has been identified as Barin Kobani. She took part in a recent operation
to drive the so-called Islamic State from areas in northern Syria.

So far Ankara has refrained from commenting on the video, and those responsible remain unidentified.

Last month, the Turkish military, along with the Free Syrian Army, launched 'Operation Olive Branch' in Afrin targeting the YPG, which Ankara views as
an extension of the banned PKK Kurdistan Workers' Party.

The huge cross-border operation - which involves airstrikes and land forces - has proved to be costly.

Turkish officials claim that 790 members of YPG, Kurdish Democratic Union Party and Islamic State have been killed since the beginning of their
operation into Afrin.

In response, the YPG has launched countless rockets into the Turkish border provinces of Hatay and Kilis over the last few weeks, killing five Turkish
civilians.

Listen to Nathan Morley's report
03 February 2018, 17:46