On January 23, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) restored control over Birsaya Mount east of Afrin after a series of clashes with Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces. Initially, the TAF and the FSA captured the strategic mount on January 22 but then they were forced to retreat from it under the YPG/YPJ pressure.
The mount is one of the key positions east of Afrin. If the TAF and the FSA are able to secure it, Turkish forces will likely advance on Sharanli and then make an attempt to link with its positions in Ash Shaykh Khurus where they had achieved notable progress.
#Turkish Armed Forces and #FSA are again at Mount Birsaya as #Turkish TV is live broadcoasting. As I told, this tactic was to avoid an ambush by #YPG like #ISIS had ambushed in Sheikh Aqil near Al-Bab with tunnels & the advantage of the night
— Ömer Özkizilcik (@OmerOzkizilcik) 23 January 2018