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The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in Syria are trying to penetrate inside Afrin, but Kurds and their allies for the time are able to hold the lines of defense
The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in Syria are trying to penetrate inside Afrin, but Kurds and their allies for the time are able to hold the lines of defense. That’s why the President Recep Tayyp Erdogan announces at the moment did not materialize. Ankara has changed tactics. After seeing that the bombings fail to weaken the resistance of the enemies, Erdogan sent the special forces to Area of operations of Olive Branch. These will have to make incursions within the territory to sabotage the lines of communications and supply of the YPG/SDF. As the allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) did sending forces for urban warfare. The goal is starting as soon as possible a major ground offensive aimed to reach the center of Afrin, that will move from all the front opened by TAF and FSA recently.
Meanwhile, Olive Branch jets continue bombing on kurds in the Syrian region. The goal is weakening their defences
Meanwhile, Turkish Armed Forces continue bombing different area in Afrin, to maintain maximum pressure on YPG/SDF. Especially in anticipation of the next ground offensive. In the last hours there have been strikes on kurds in Mabata, Bedina and Haj Khalil of district Rajo. Furthermore, FSA captured Fakirke, Cenke, Heydariyeh and three surrounding hills. All on the western flank of the Olive Branch’ operation. If the major ground offensive will fail, Ankara has a B plan. Enlarge as possible the buffer zone to close and isolate Afrin. What remains to be understood is what will happen with the pro-assad forces in case the Turkish soldiers arrive too close in the Syrian region. YPG/SDF, indeed, are receiving fresh elements too. Thousands every week. Part of them after rallying from Cizire Storm (Al Jazeera) in Deir Ezzor. Others from sciite militias allied to Bashar Assad and his government.