On February 22, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Rahmanli, Sari Ushagi, Kurke Jerin and Kurke Jorin in the Sheikh al-Hadid district west of the city of Afrin, according to Syrian opposition sources. The Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency also reported that the Turkish Army had captured Ali Raju and Miqdad villages in the district of Bulbul north of Afrin.
Earlier, the Turkish Army said in an official statement that it had “neutralized” 49 fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin area during the last 24 hours.
From its side, YPG fighters conducted a hit and run attack on positions of the Turkish Army and its proxies in the districts of Shara and Rajo north and northwest of Afrin, according to the YPG press. The sources said that several Turkish soldiers and FSA fighters had been killed in the attacks.
YPG fighters also damaged what appears to be an armored vehicle of the Turkish Army after targeting it with an IED in the village of Ali Bakki in the Rajo district.
Meanwhile, the YPG revealed in an official statement that 177 of its fighters had been killed by the Turkish Army since the beginning of the Turkish attack on the Afrin area on January 20. The YPG also claimed that it had killed 1219 FSA fighters and Turkish soldiers so far. However, observers doubt that claim, as no evidence was presented.
Photos of the YPG hit and run attack in Rajo district: