BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels continued their advance inside the strategic Afrin region of Aleppo, today capturing several areas from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Led by the Free Syrian Army’s Assoud Al-Sharqiyah and Faylaq Al-Sham factions, the Turkish-backed rebels captured the town of Omer Semo near the Khorouz Mountain of northeastern Afrin.
The Free Syrian Army would then capture several other areas near Omer Semo, including a number of hilltops.
Meanwhile, at the southwestern front of Afrin, the Turkish-backed rebels managed to repel the counter-offensive that was launched by the Kurdish forces at Jandaris city.
Following the YPG’s failed assault, the Turkish-backed rebels took control of Arshli and and its corresponding hilltop after advancing from Jandaris this afternoon.
As a result of today’s advance, the Turkish-backed rebels now control eight percent of the Afrin region, which is double what they controlled last week.
Below are several photos released by the Free Syrian Army from today’s battle: