AFRIN, Syria – After 58 days of combat between the Turkish-led Olive Branch forces and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the former have captured 75% of the Afrin region in northwest Syria.
This accounts to around 1,704km² of territory captured in under two months of fighting. A huge portion of this occurred when the Ma’batli pocket was captured and the security of the Rajo-Afrin road.
The Turkish-led forces, primarily the Turkish military and their Syrian puppets, will now be pushing to capture the last major site remaining, Tel Rifaat. If they capture this site, it will effectively mean the Olive Branch forces have captured the entirety of the Afrin region.
It remains to be seen whether the YPG will hand over administration of the remaining areas they control to the Syrian Army or cause yet another major civilian evacuation as has happened in the past few days.