The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have captured the villages of Iki Dam, Qudah Kuwi, Hajikanli, Hopkan, Darwish Ubasi, Diwan Al-Tahtaniyah and Mersava from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Syrian area of Afrin.
The TAF’s general staff says that 1,715 ‘terrorists’ were ‘neutralized’ by Turkey-led forces in the period between January 20 and February 20 (i.e. since the start of Operation Olive Branch).
The Kurdish news agency ANHA says that 173 civilians were killed and 464 others were injured in the period between January 20 and February 17.
Meanwhile, pro-Kurdish sources blame “the Russians” for the YPG’s inability to finalize the widely-reported deal with the Syrian Army, which should allow Kurdish militias to save themselves from the TAF and the FSA in Afrin.