On January 26, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced in an official statement that their fighters had killed 308 fighters of the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Syria’s Afrin area since January 20. The statement also revealed that YPG fighters destroyed ten military vehicles of the Turkish Army during the clashes.
Earlier, The Turkish Army General Staff claimed that at least 343 fighters of YPG, the YPJ, the PKK and even ISIS had been killed since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin area. Observers believe that the YPG and the Turkish Army claims are both false and a part of the ongoing propaganda war between the two sides.
In a related development, Kurdish sources revealed that several foreign fighters arrived to the Afrin area to join the YPG’s fight against the Turkish Army. The sources said that the fighters are from the US, Canada and different European countries and they all have combat experience.
In an official video released by the YPG’s press , the foreign fighters vowed to defend the Afrin area and to fight the Turkish Army like they had fought ISIS in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.
The fighters likely entered Afrin through the Aleppo route controlled by the Syrian Arab Army. This indicates that the YPG is able to move its forces to Afrin via the government-held area.