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 Turkish government, military and official media did not initially comment on the episode.
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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.
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This article aims to dissect different representations of Kurdish women in order to illustrate how these representations correspond to different technologies of power. These three images are the joyful freedom fighter, the woman to be saved and the dishonourable terrorist. These three images, employed in contrast to each other differentially by different publics, however, have one thing in common: They are highly sexualised. Thus, the technologies they refer to and evoke address Kurdish women in their sexuality. This image also brushes over the significance of the question of sexuality in the Kurdish political movement itself. The images of the woman to be saved and the dishonourable terrorist are in wide public circulation in Turkey. They build upon a technology of differentiation, which tries to single out politicised Kurdish women, and especially those who take part in armed struggle, as disgraced; therefore legitimizing sexual violence against them.