On February 21, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Qara Baba and Kirbet Siluki in the Rajo district northwest of the city of Afrin, according to Syrian oppositions sources. Turkish forces also advanced north of Afrin and captured the village of Vergan.
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The Turkish Anadolu Agency reported that the Turkish Air Force (TAF) had targeted several positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) around the city of Afrin. Over 65 YPG fighters were killed in the TAF bombardment, according to the report.
From its side, the YPG press announced that YPG fighters had repelled several attacks of the Turkish Army and the FSA on their positions inside and around the center of the Jandaris district west of Afrin.
YPG fighters also clashed with the Turkish Army and its proxies in the villages of Arab and Wiran in the Shara district northeast of Afrin city, according to the Hawar News Agency (ANHA). The media outlet added that YPG fighters had destroyed two armored vehicles of the Turkish Army and had killed several Turkish-backed FSA fighters.
In a related development, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that a second batch of pro-government forces had entered Afrin area on February 21 supporting the YPG there. According to a Kurdish source, the YPG also sent new reinforcements to Afrin from its areas in northern Syria through the government-held areas.
Pro-government forces, mainly of the National Defense Force (NDF), began deploying in the Afrin area on February 20 under an agreement between the YPG and the Damascus government.