On February 8, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced that its fighters had repelled an attack of the Turkish Army and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on their positions in the village of Kahlil Kulku of the Sheikh al-Hadid district in the area of Afrin. YPG fighters destroyed a vehicle of the Turkish-backed FSA with an ATGM and killed 11 FSA fighters while repelling the attack according to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA).
Moreover, YPG fighters repelled another attack of the Turkish Army and the Turkish-backed FSA on their positions in the Bulbul district north of Afrin. ANHA reported that YPG fighters destroyed a battle tank and an armored vehicle of the Turkish Army with ATGMs during the clashes.
The Kurdish news outlet also claimed that 27 Turkish Army soldiers had been killed around the Bulbul district by YPG fighters. However, this claim was likely a part of the ongoing propaganda war between Turkey and the YPG.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 22 Turkish Army soldiers and 127 fighters of the Turkish-backed FSA have been killed by the YPG since the beginning of the Turkish military operation in Afrin on January 20. On the other side, over 123 fighters of the YPG were killed by Turkish forces and many others were reportedly captured, according to the SOHR