BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:19 P.M.) – The Turkish Army and allied Free Syrian Army militias have scored a big advance against Kurdish forces from multiple directions across Syria’s Afrin region, snatching up seven settlements in 12 hours.
On Thursday morning, Turkey-led forces continued their offensive against Kurdish paramilitary groups in Afrin.
Advancing on three axes, the Turkish Army and allied militias – backed up by air and artillery support – seized the towns and villages of Diywan Fouqani, Dorka, Khara Suluq, Karri (and its nearby hills), Sharbanli, Khrab Sammaq and Shadyah.
Today’s advances across the areas of Rajo and Sheikh Hadid alone saw pro-Ankara forces link up two separate foothold penetrations along the southern Turkish border into one contiguous front.
By these latest gains, the Turkish Army and its Free Syrian Army partner forces are now beginning to move into the mountainous depth of Afrin. Here Kurdish fighters are expected to reinvigorate their defensive efforts and take full advantage of a terrain that highly favors the use of light infantry, hit-and-run attacks and ambushes.