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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – The Turkish Army and allied Free Syrian Army militias have scored another big advance against Kurdish forces in Syria’s Afrin after opening a new front across the region’s southwest. So far three towns and villages have been captured as a result of the attack.

On Friday, Turkey-led forces renewed their offensive against Kurdish paras in Afrin, striking from the southwest (across the Turkish border) towards the town of Jandaris.

A new wave of Turkish airstrikes paved the way for pro-Ankara fighters to advance and capture the towns Safriyah, Iskan Arabi and Jaqla Fouqani within a matter of hours.

Furthermore, Free Syrian Army militias secured their gains by also taking the nearby hilltop area of Tell Nasiriyah from Kurdish forces.

By this advance, Turkey-led forces have put themselves in a good position to strike at the town of Jandaris (about five kilometers away from their current positions) which if captured will be the biggest accomplishment of Ankara’s Olive Branch operation to date.

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