The miltiary situation in the Syrian area of Afrin becomes more and more complicated for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
On March 6 and March 7, the Turksih Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured Jinderes Hill, the villages of Kafr, Tall Hamu, Shirkan, Metinli and QatmaJanneh, Tel Hamu and many other points northeast and west of the YPG-held city of Afrin. The Turkish advance followed a series of intense strikes conducted by the TAF’s artillery and warplanes.
FSA members are in the village of Kafr:
Ankara uses artillery and air strikes to supress the YPG defense and then involves FSA members, backed up by TAF special operations forces, to capture new positions. The YPG has little to do against this strategy because the Kurdish force lacks own artillery and military equipment.
On Marchy 7, the TAF’s general staff said in a statement that 2,940 “terrorists” had been neutralized since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin on January 20. While the provided number is be equestioned by Kurdish sources, they cannot deny that the YPG had lost a notable area to the Turks.
Meawnhile, units of Jaish al-Thuwar, Jabhit al-Akrad, the North Democratic Brigade, the Idlib Military Council – they operate alongside the YPG within the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces – released a statement claiming that they will withdraw from the Euphrates Valley and to move to assist the YPG in Afrin.
Even if these units redeploy all of their forces to Afrin, they will not be able to change the military situation there. However, this statement is an important propaganda move aimed to show that some Arab factions support the YPG in its battle against the TAF and the FSA.
Meanwhile, the YPG has found that Russia is guilty for its inability to stop the Turkish advance in Afrin. On March 7, the YPG released the following statement (source):
The Russian Federation is a partner of bloodshed with the Turkish state in Afrin
For more than 47 days, the Turkish state and its terrorist factions of ISIS and AL-Nusra front have launched an aggression and open warfare on Afrin enclave, using various types of weapon and troops.
As everyone knows, Afrin’s sky was protected by the Russian Federation air forces, and if it hadn’t been the Russian approval, the Turkish air forces would not be able to penetrate the Syrian space and carry out their airstrikes and aggression.
It is clear now that the Russian Federation complicit with the Turkish state by opening her airspace for the Turkish state allowing her to commit massacre against the civilians in Afrin. The Russian complicity came after many failure attempts by the Russian to extort People’s Protection Units and the political administration in Afrin, and impose Russian private agendas which have no benefits for the Syrian people.
Because of the Russian Federation agreement with the Turkish state by allowing her to carry out ethnic cleansing and force the people in Afrin to displacement, it is obvious now that the Russian Federation is a partner with the Turkish state in shedding the blood of the Kurdish innocent people.
We are in the General Command of YPG, call the Russian Federation government to undo its decision of allowing the Turkey’s invasion on Afrin and stop participating in killing the people in Afrin and destroying its towns and villages. Also we call the Russian people to put pressure on their government to prevent it from proceed in this scheme which does not serve Russian people and urged their government to retreat the scheme at once.
It should be noted that the YPG has still been not able to reach an agreement with the Syrian government, which would allow the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliancce to use its influence on Turkey to prevent further operations by its forces in Afrin. However, the YPG has a problem, it does not want to allow Syrian security forces to enter Afrin.