March in Istanbul to mourn Kobane fighterAdd to Lightbox Download
Suphi Nejat Agirnasli was killed on October 5 while fighting alongside besieged Kurds in the town of Kobane of northern Syria. Agirnasli, a 30-year-old Turkish-German, was a member of Turkey’s banned Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP). He was not ethnically Kurdish, but in August he left his home in Istanbul to join the People’s Protection Units (YPG), an armed Syrian-Kurdish group that in recent months has defended Kurdish areas from ISIL’s offensive. In September, after taking a number of Kurdish town in northern Syria, ISIL laid s siege to Kobane in a battle that is still raging. On Sunday, October 19, hundreds of mourners commemorated Agirnasli's death with a march through Istanbul’s Kadikoy district.
- Matthew Cassel
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