On August 25, a Russian military vehicle was targeted with an RPG along the M4 Highway, during the 25th Turkish-Russian Joint Patrol. No Russian personnel received serious injures. According to photos from the site, the BTR-80’s wheel was damaged during the attack.
This became the second attack on a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in southern Idlib in a week. The previous one took place on August 17 targeting a Turkish military vehicle
The regular attacks on Russian-Turkish patrols in southern Idlib reveal that the de-escalation process does not go very well. In fact, al-Qaeda-linked groups still keep a dominant position in the ‘opposition-controlled’ Idlib and have not been separated from their ‘moderate’ allies.
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