On March 22, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Baay, Basufan, Kafr Nabu and Burj Haydar south of the city of Afrin, according to sources linked to the FSA.
The sources reported that the Turkish Army artillery had shelled several positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the southern part of the Afrin area and even in the SAA-held areas north of the city of Aleppo.
Meanwhile, the YPG press announced that YPG fighters had killed ten members of the Turkish-backed FSA around the city of Afrin in a hit and run attack. Two vehicles of the FSA were also destroyed.
Furthermore, YPG fighters conducted a second hit and run attack against the Turkish Army and its proxies in the district of Shara north of Afrin city. Eight fighters of the Turkish-backed FSA were killed and three others were injured in the attack, according to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA).
Currently, the Turkish Army is advancing to separate the remaining YPG-held areas south of Afrin from Idlib governorate. Later, the Turkish Army might launch an attack to capture the city of Tell Rifaat east of Afrin, according to Turkish sources.
Members of the Turkish-backed FSA are inside the newly captured villages: