On March 3, the Turkish Armed Fores (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the strategic town of Rajo in the western part of the Syrian area of Afrin from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), according to pro-Turkish sources.
The control over the center of the Rajo district will allow the TAF and the FSA to develop their advance further in the area and to increase pressure on YPG positions northwest of the YPG-held city of Afrin.
The TAF and the FSA also found something what looks like a “self-made” US flag in the recently captured town. YPG units have been using various flags – Syrian, Russian, US – in an attempt to avoid Turkish airstrikes. Some YPG members believe that the flag may prevent the Turkish Air Force from bombing their positions.
On the same day, the TAF’s general staff released a statement saying that 2,434 ‘terrorists’ had been neutralized in the TAF’s Operation Olive Branch in Afrin. According to the coutnry’s military, the Turkish Air Force had destroyed 924 ‘terrorist’ target in the area.