BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels scored a major advance in the Afrin region of Aleppo, today, after another short battle with the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).
According to pro-opposition activists, the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) managed to capture the strategic Kafr Janah Military Camp, which is located just north of Afrin city.
The Kafr Janah Miitary Camp was the installation that the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) were stationed at before they were bombed by the Turkish Air Force last week.
As a result of this advance, the Turkish-backed rebels are now within 7km of Afrin, marking their closest approach to this city since they kicked off Operation Olive Branch on January 20th.
Meanwhile, south of Afrin, the Turkish-backed rebels also advanced at the Jandaris axis, capturing Tal Jandaris after another short battle with the YPG.
With the battle of Afrin heating up, over 1,700 fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have left the Euphrates River Valley for northern Aleppo.
These forces are expected to provide the necessary manpower needed to drive back the Turkish-backed rebels.