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Idlib Radicals Block M4 Highway Again Hours After Its Reopening By Turkish Troops

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On March 20 morning, Syrian opposition supporters and radical militants re-blocked the M4 highway in Greater Idlib, challenging the will of their closest ally, Turkey.

Local activists shared a video showing opposition supporters and militants gathering on the M4 to protest against the recent Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib. The protesters used bulldozers to establish several new barriers on the highway.

The protesters’ move pose a serious challenge to Turkey, whose military reopened the highway a day earlier. Turkish forces removed several barriers and deployed pre-made barracks along the highway.

Reopening the M4 highway, which links the coastal city of Lattakia with Aleppo, is the keystone of the Russian Turkish agreement reached on March 5. If Turkey fail to fulfill this term, the entire agreement will likely collapse.

Radical militants, who threatened any force that would move to reopen the highway, attacked a convoy of the Turkish military on March 19. The attack, which took place on the highway itself, claimed the lives of two Turkish soldiers.

Turkey is serious about reopening the highway. Nevertheless, Ankara’s influence over Greater Idlib militants, who have been receiving support from it for around nine years, appears to be too weak.

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  • Assad must stay

    Just vaporize these cavemen already!!!!

    • Lupus

      Yeah thats the only right thing to do and i would love to see the images!

    • Toni Liu

      Yes and dont stop feed hot steel to them untill idlib and all northern syria free from them

      • Jaime Galarza

        Hatay included.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    What did tell you guys for ever, the only way to get rid of these savages is to incinerate them. Russia really needs to test some new weapons on them.

  • Peter Jennings

    It’s good to see that Erdogan has everything under control :)

  • AM Hants

    Wonder if they will stay in place if Russia sent in the helicopters, for a little fun?

    • Icarus Tanović

      Good one.