Kurdish politician Havrin Khalaf was killed by Turkish backed-militias in their recent "Peace Spring" offensive. According to DW:

Hevrin Khalaf, a prominent Syrian Kurdish female politician and secretary-general of the Future Syria political party, was summarily killed by a Turkish-backed rebel faction on October 12 in northeast Syria.

"She was dragged out of her car, beaten and shot dead in cold blood by fighters from [the Turkish-backed group] Ahrar al-Sharqiya," according to Amnesty International.

Did Turkey consider Havrin Khalaf a terrorist or a terrorist supporter? Did the Turkish government (or even their mouthpiece newspapers) make any comments about her killing?

I'm asking this because Erdogan said that the PYD, the main political party associated with the YPG, was itself [the party] a terror group, thus not making any distinction between fighters and politicians. This is based on a AFP news report also cited by an academic paper for this:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkish reporters aboard his presidential plane that the Syrian Kurdish party the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which has been leading the defense of Kobane, feared losing its influence in northern Syria when the peshmerga arrive.

He also called the PYD a "terror" organization, highlighting Turkey's wary stance towards Kurdish groups demanding an autonomous Kurdish state straddling the border with Turkey. [...]

"The PYD is a terror group just the same as the PKK," said Erdogan. "The PYD can accept this or not, but we know and see the practices of the PYD," he said.

This not a one-off declaration. More recently he repeated that view:

“Since when did you start to side with terror? Did PYD-YPG (Syrian Kurdish forces) join NATO and we do not know about it?” he asked.

The Turkish press is also full of stories calling PYD a terrorist group, e.g. one by the official Anadolu Agency:

Terrorist PKK’s Syrian branch PYD murders, oppresses [...] Turkey has said the terrorist group PKK and its extension the YPG/PYD constitute the biggest threat to Syria’s future [...]

So did Turkey consider the Future Syria party (that Havrin Khalaf belonged to) a terrorist organization as well? Or at least supporters of terrorism?

  • Maybe reword this more neutrally without the implication that they might have been a terrorist? In the absence of any claim that she was, it seems strange to put that up front – divibisan Oct 21 '19 at 19:13
  • @divibisan: Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group. It's not clear what they think of the politicians more or less associated with the YPG. I guess "terrorist supporter" or something like that might be a term they use. Many Kurds in Turkey have been imprisoned for supporting terrorist organizations, according to the Turkish definition thereof. See doi.org/10.1080/13530194.2018.1430531 – Fizz Oct 21 '19 at 19:14

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