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Syria, Turkish army advance in Afrin. YPG/SDF could face new problems

Turkish troops are trying to link up the Free Syrian Army (FSA) held villages in north and northwest of Afrin. Moreover, Olive Branch’s allies are growing

In Syria, turkish soldiers (TAF) of Operation Olive Branch are trying to link up the Free Syrian Army (FSA) held villages in north and northwest of Afrin. For that reason, Ankara troops and FSA invaded and entered the villages of Haj Bilal and Shaykh Khurus. YPG/SDF forces repelled enamy attacks on Blikah and Shakwarzi. But in next future the Kurd force could face additional problems. As different media outlets report, Faylaq al-Sham, Free Idlib Army and Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement are joining the battle on the Turkish side. The should have sent some fighters in Afrin to participate in Operation Olive Branch. Meanwhile, Ankara continues air strike on the area and his fighters have captured Surkah village (Raju district). But YPG/SDF are receiving fresh forces too. Thousands in last hours reached Kobane after rallying from Cizire Storm (Al Jazeera) in Deir ez-Zor to go to Afrin.

Ankara is creating a observation position (part of de-escalation zones agreement) in Al-Eis. It will be useful for SAA in the battle against HTS in Idlib

Turkey is helping Syrian government too on the battle against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Ankara has just send a military convoy in the country, entered from Kafrolosin, heading towards Al-Eis. The group formally will form a sixth observation position, part of de-escalation zones agreement in northwestern of the nation. Syrian Army (SAA) is preparing ground, shelling HTS al-Eis while the convoy is approaching on the hill. The aim is gain a privileged point from where coordinate attacks and strikes on rebels in the province. SAA’s next step, indeed, will be reach ICARDA research facility and then Afis Air Base. It for reunite with the troops at Foua (north of Idlib) and then create a corridor for the future invasion of the city.

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