On March 9, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) continued their advance north of the city of Afrin and captured the village of Sir’ayn and the Kachkadar mount in the Bulbul district as well as the village of Kafr Mize in the Shara district, according to sources linked to the FSA.
Turkish activists also revealed that the Turkish Army had deployed more Leopard 2A4 battle tanks, ACV-15 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and armored vehicles to its positions at the city of Azaz, 17km northeast of Afrin. The newly deployed forces will likely participate in the Turkish Army operations in the Shara district.
JUST IN: The new Turkish military convoy entered Azaz city from Bab al Salameh border crossing.
Azez şehrine yeni Türk askeri konvoyu giriş yaptı. pic.twitter.com/hK45gDcFln
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Meanwhile, the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) had repelled an attack by the Turkish Army and its proxies on its positions in the town of Maryamayn in the Shara district. YPG fighters killed seven Turkish Army soldiers and FSA fighters, according to the ANHA.
The YPG press also announced that YPG fighters had repelled another attack by the Turkish Army and its proxies on the villages of Buke and Sarir in the Bulbul district and had killed more than ten FSA fighters.
Currently, warplanes of the Turkish Air Force (TAF) are conducting heavy airstrikes against the YPG’s positions in the towns of Inab and Maryamayn, less than 7km northeast of Afrin. These two towns will likely be the next main target of the Turkish Army and its proxies.