On February 28, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Sinnarah and Anqalah south of the Sheikh al-Hadid district center located west of the city of Afrin, according to Syrian opposition sources.
Meanwhile, Kurdish sources reported that the Turkish Army artillery had shelled several positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), mainly in the centers of the districts of Jandaris and Sheikh al-Hadid west of Afrin.
The YPG stepped up its defensive operations against the Turkish Army and its proxies in the northern and northwestern parts of the Afrin area.
According to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANAH), YPG fighters conducted a hit and run attack against the FSA in the village of Raco in the Rajo district. YPG members killed several FSA fighters and destroyed two vehicle of the FSA during the attack, according to the source.
Additionally, the YPG repelled an attack by the Turkish Army and its proxies on the village of Jaro in the Bulbul district north of Afrin. The YPG also killed four FSA fighters and injured six others, according to the YPG press.
The next target of the Turkish Army and its proxies will likely be the centers of the districts of Jandaris and Sheikh al-Hadid. The Turkish Army has to capture these two areas if it wants to secure its route from the Euphrates Shield-held area in northern Aleppo to Idlib governorate.