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.
A tour of torture
In the six years that war has ravaged Syria, almost every crime imaginable has been committed against its people. Yet there is another crime, which, until now has been wrapped in a veil of silence: child rape. For safety reasons, Fatima did not want the name of her village to be used. They took off my clothes! For the past few hours, she had been frantically searching for her child after hearing a rumor that a group of children who had been detained in a military base might have been released. As soon as she heard, the year-old mother took to the streets, hoping beyond hope to find her missing daughter. When she finally saw her child, Fatima struggled to recognize the features that she had once known by heart. She moved closer. They had last seen each other only a month and a half before— 45 days to be exact.
“We are going to hold your daughter hostage until your husband turns himself in”
There are four main types of Americans fighting on the ground in Syria: special forces soldiers, CIA agents, Islamic extremists, and anarchists. As I putter in a motorboat across the Tigris River one afternoon in May , I have no idea which of these, if any, I will encounter in the weeks ahead. I disembark with a handful of locals and walk up a gravelly slope to a small shack. Iraq, which I just came from, is on the opposite side of the river. Turkey is not far upstream.
Wars that threaten human life and nature by definition lead to deaths, injuries, mass migration movements and collapse of society as a final result. The recent events in Syria represent the most tragic example in this respect. Disproportionate uses of force by the Syrian government against the civil commotion, which started with peaceful protests in March , initially provoked the war and then caused the loss of hundred of thousands of lives and the displacement of millions of people. The intervention of international actors in the region, which is already in chaos, also intensified the current problems in Syria.