On February 15, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) opened a route between their positions in the districts of Rajo and Sheikh al-Hadid north and northwest of the city of Afrin. Turkish forces were able to open the route after they had captured the villages of Karri, Sharbanli, Shadia, Khara Suluq in Rajo and the village of Jaqla Tahtani in Sheikh al-Hadid, according to Syrian opposition sources.
The Turkish Army and the Turkish-backed FSA also captured the village of Durakili in the district of Bulbul north of Afrin and the village of Diwan al-Fawqani in the Jandaris district west of Afrin.
According to the Turkish Anadolu Agency, the Turkish Army “neutralized” 43 fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin area during the last 24 hours.
The YPG repelled several attacks of the Turkish Army and the Turkish-backed FSA on its positions in the Rajo district, according to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA). The source said that YPG fighters had killed two FSA fighters, injured five others and destroyed two armored vehicles of the Turkish Army.
YPG fighters also repelled an attack of the Turkish Army on their positions in the Jandaris district and destroyed four vehicles of the Turkish Army ,according to ANHA.
During the last two days, the Turkish Army and its proxies achieved significant advance in the northern and western parts of the Afrin area, while the YPG failed to organize an effective defense. Observers believe that failure of the YPG may make a political agreement between it and the Damascus government more likely.
Photos of the Turkish-backed FSA attack in Afrin area: