On March 4, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the village of Haji Khalil in the Rajo district, northwest of the Syrian city of Afrin, according to pro-Turkish sources. The village had been controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
On March 3, the TAF and the FSA captured the villages of Ba’dinli, Umranli, Shamanli, Karakinli and Ali Bazan from the YPG. The recent setbacks of the YPG put the Kurdish force into a very complicated situation in the Afrin area. If the TAF and the FSA keep this speed of the advance, they will be able to reach the outskirts of Afrin in March.
On March 4, the TAF’s general staff released a statement saying that 2,612 ‘terrorists’ had been neutralized since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin on January 20. Ankara describes the YPG as a terrorist group.