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SEPTEMBER 2020

Another Joint Russian-Turkish Training In Syria’s Greater Idlib

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Another Joint Russian-Turkish Training In Syria’s Greater Idlib

A Russian soldier gestures during a patrol near the Syrian and Turkish border in north Syria on Friday. Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

The Russian Military Police and the Turkish Armed Forces had conducted a joint training in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, deputy head of the coordination center in the de-escalation zone of Idlib, Yevgeny Polyakov, announced on September 5.

“Training was held to repel attacks by armed groups on military convoys,” Polyakov said, according to RT.

According to Polyakov, the troops trained on emergency situations that they may face while conducting joint patrols on the M4 highway, which links Lattakia and Aleppo.

Russian and Turkish troops trained to improve coordination and cooperation during the patrols, to call for support in case of any attacks and to evacuate troops and equipment.

This was the second joint training between Russian and Turkish troops. The first training took place in the town of Ternaba on August 31 and September 1.

The Russian Military Police and the Turkish Armed Forces have conducted 25 patrols on the M4 highway in Greater Idlib since the signing of the ceasefire agreement on March 5. Jihadists targeted the patrols on several occasions, most recently on August 25.

Russia and Turkey appear to be determined to secure the M4 highway. This is the main term of the March 5 agreement on Greater Idlib.

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