The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reopened the M4 highway in the northeastern part of the country on December 11 with a direct support from Russia.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the army completed its deployment south of the highway, between the town of Tell Tamr in northern al-Hasakah and the town of al-Truaziyah in northern Raqqa.
The M4 highway, which links al-Hasakah with Raqqa and Aleppo, is now open once again for civilian transportation and shipping.
The North Press Agency (NPA) reported that Turkish-backed militants were forced to withdraw 1 km to the north of the highway. The agency also released a video showing two Russian armored vehicles patrolling the highway, a few hours after its reopening by the SAA.
A Russian-Turkish agreement reached last October forced the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to withdraw to the south of the highway.
The M4 highway will likely be administrated by the SAA, the Russian Military Police and possibly by the SDF’s security forces. The reopening of the highway may mark the end of major military confrontations in northeast Syria.