On February 16, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Hassan Kalkawi and Jalma in the Rajo district north of the Syrian city of Afrin, according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency. The media outlet added that Turkish forces had “neutralized” 1,551 fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) since the beginning of “Operation Olive Branch” in Afrin on January 20.
Meanwhile, Turkish sources reported that the Turkish Air Force (TAF) had conducted several airstrikes against the positions of the YPG in the districts of Rajo, Sheikh al-Hadid and Jandaris north and west of Afrin.
From its side, the YPG announced that its fighters had ambushed a unit of the Turkish Army and the Turkish-backed FSA in the village of Shaidah in the Rajo district. According to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA), YPG fighters destroyed a battle tank and a vehicle of the Turkish Army.
Moreover, YPG fighters repelled an attack on their positions in the village of Dewa in the Jandaris district and destroyed four vehicles of the Turkish-backed FSA with ATGMs, according to ANHA.
So far, the YPG has failed to organize an effective defense in the northern and western part of Afrin area. The key YPG problem in the Turkish Army’s advantage in firepower.
Photos of the FSA attack on the Rajo district: