On March 25, radical militants blew up a bridge on the strategic M4 highway in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Kafir bridge, located near the city of Jisr al-Shughur in northwest Idlib, was blown up by “Jihadists” in the early morning.
Militants blow up bridge on M4, now nobody cant patrol pic.twitter.com/9W2meh4cJL
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) March 25, 2020
The vicinity of the Kafir bridge is tightly controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP). Such an attack couldn’t have happened without the approval or knowledge, of these two terrorist groups.
Opposition activists said the bridge was blown up to hinder Russian and Turkish plans to conduct joint patrols on the M4. The highway links the port city of Lattakia with Syria’s industrial hub, Aleppo city.
Reopening the strategic M4 highway is the keystone of the Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib reached on March 5th.
Turkey is yet to fulfil it commitment and reopen the highway, which remains under the control of terrorist groups. This hesitation by Ankara could lead to a new confrontation in Greater Idlib. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies will likely try to reopen the highway by force, if political means fail.