BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – Following the intervention of Syrian government forces into Afrin on Tuesday, military activity between the warring factions and violence in general across the region has significantly reduced.
With a direct advance into the mountainous heartland of the Afrin now blocked by the presence of pro-Damascus forces (who are to serve as border guards once affairs are properly settled), the Turkish Army and allied proxy militias will now turn their attention to securing the last handful of villages along the stretch of Syrian-Turkish border than runs through the region.
Once securing the immediate depth of the Syrian-Turkish border, Ankara will most likely call victory and disengage from the active phase of its offensive operation in Afrin.
To this end, key striking units of the Turkish Army will be pulled out of Afrin and their positions filled with sentry forces and proxy fighters from allied militia.
Whether or not Ankara then takes on another major operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters elsewhere across the country is yet to be seen.