Last night, Turkish forces started removing earth mounds created by Idlib militant groups on the M4 highway in order to prevent joint Turkish-Russian patrols agreed in Moscow earlier in March.
— Mohamad Rasheed محمد رشيد (@mohmad_rasheed) March 19, 2020
Under the deal, a buffer zone has to be created along the M4 highway covering the entire area from the west of Saraqib to the western countryside of Jisr al-Shughur. So far, this deal has resulted in little progress besides the establishment of the ceasefire regime. Terrorists keep positions in the ‘buffer zone” and the highway remains blocked by radicals. Russian-Turkish patrols have not been launched yet.
However, Turkish forces started conducting some efforts to change this situation only after 2 Turkish troops were killed in an IED attack on their convoy in western Idlib on March 19. The attack was conducted by Turkey’s lovely proxy groups operating in the area.
However, the marital spat between Turkey and its al-Qaeda-linked proxies is in fact not so big. Here you can see Turkish service members alongside supporters of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (the terrorist group linked with al-Qaeda) near the village of Nayrab.
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