Trump’s Syria retreat blamed for murder of pro-democracy leader

Tim Fernholz
Trump’s Syria retreat blamed for murder of pro-democracy leader

Hervin Khalaf, whose name is sometimes transliterated as Hevrin Xelef, was a 35-year-old human rights activist and the secretary-general of the Future Syria Party, a political group formed last year in territory liberated from ISIS in northern Syria. The party was an attempt to unify Arab and Kurdish groups in a pluralistic vision for the war-torn country’s future, hoping to replace dictator Bashar al-Assad with a multi-ethnic democracy. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that a convoy including Khalaf was ambushed by Islamist forces advancing ahead of Turkish troops into Syria.