BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:13 P.M.) – The Turkish Army and proxy militant groups under its control have captured almost the entire Syrian border area that runs throughout the country’s Afrin region following a new wave of effortless advances on Sunday that led to the seizure of seven towns and villages.
According to reports, Turkey-led forces have taken control of the settlements of Samalik, Sheikh Muhammadi, Wilakli, Dudu, Kunda Dudu, Bandarlik and Maydan Ikbis during the last twelve hours.
Virtually no resistance was encountered by pro-Ankara forces during their push on Sunday, this mostly being due to the fact that Kurdish paramilitary fighters have withdrawn from Syrian-Turkish border areas across the Afrin region.
According to Al-Masdar News journalist Ibrahim Joudeh, the most pressing objective for the Turkish Army and its allied militias is to seal off the entire Syrian-Turkish border area of Afrin from the control of Kurdish forces. This will inevitably be achieved.
Following that, it is yet to be seen if pro-Ankara forces continue their Olive Branch operation deeper into the mountainous heartland of Afrin – something which may very well bring them into conflict with Syrian government troops.