Turkey reconnects FSA-held Idlib with Azaz

''Operation Olive Branch'' to Afrin- - HATAY, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 11: A photo taken from Turkey''s Hatay province shows a military vehicle is being transported to border units as Turkish Armed Forces. [Anadolu]

The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Saturday captured seven more residential areas, including the Rajo town center northwest of Afrin, Anadolu’s news agency reported.

According to the agency, the villages of Ramadiyah and Hamelika villages of Jinderes district — located southwest of Afrin — Ali Bazan, Qariqin, and Shamanli villages of Sharan district — located northeast of Afrin — and Badinli village of Rajo district

Crescent-shaped corridor


Turkish backing

  • Earlier this year, Turkey launched the “Operation Olive Branch” military operation to remove the YPG from Afrin, close to its borders.

  • As reported on February 26, the Turkish military and the FSA have captured 87 villages from YPG control, including the town of Sheikh Horuz on the road to Afrin – a stronghold of the YPG.

  • Turkey considers the YPG a “terrorist group” with ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is also listed as a “terrorist” organization by the European Union (EU).

  • In February 2016, the connection between Idlib and northern Aleppo was cut after Syrian government forces captured the Aleppo highway, which also goes to Turkey’s southeastern Kilis province, and another highway along the towns of Qabasin and Ratyan, north of Aleppo.

  • In a phone call on Monday between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the latest developments in Syria, Erdogan said that “utmost care” is being taken to avoiding harming civilians.

Source: Anadolu

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