On February 27, the Turkish Armed Forces’ General Staff announced that 2,083 ‘terrorists’ had been neutralized since the start of Operation Olive Branch in the Syrian area of Afrin.
Operation Olive Branch was launched on January 20. It involved units of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army. The goal of the effort is to purge the Afrin area from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and other Kurdish militias.
On February 26, Turkey deployed additional units of the Gendarmerie Special Operations (JOH) for further operations against the YPG. The JOH will reportedly be involved in urban warfare against Kurdish forces.
The TAF and its proxies are developing their operation against the YPG despite the recent UN resolution introducing a ceasefire across Syria.