On March 19, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured all positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection units (YPG) north and northwest of the city of Afrin, including the center of the Ma’batle district and the Rajo-Afrin highway, according to sources close to the FSA.
Earlier, the Turkish Army and its proxies captured the strategic city of Afrin after the YPG had withdrawn from it without a fight. Turkish Army soldiers captured loads of ammunition and weapons that had been left behind by the YPG. US-made TOW and Russian-made kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) were among the captured weapons.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the YPG had lost over 1,500 fighters since the start of the Turkish offensive on January 20. From its side, the Turkish Army acknowledged that 46 of its fighters had been killed in the offensive.
It’s unknown yet if the Turkish Army will continue its offensive towards the remaining positions of the YPG south and southeast of Afrin. Such a move will likely cause further tensions between Turkish forces and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that have notable forces in these areas.