Turkey’s War With the Kurds Is Getting Bloodier by the Day

A member of the Socialist Youth Associations Federation, or SGDF, 24-year-old Ekinci was one of a growing number of Western students forging links with Kurdish youth groups in both southeastern Turkey and in the town of Kobani on the Turkey-Syria border, the latter the site of major fighting between Islamic State and the U.S.-led coalition in late 2014 and early 2015.

At noon on July 20, 2015, 32 of Ekinci’s friends — who had traveled to Suruc to help rebuild Kobani — were killed by a suicide bomber.

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