On July 15, Russian sources shared a video of the Russian service members who had been injured in the recent suicide bombing that had targeted a joint Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The three service members received minor injuries. One of them suffered minor burns to his hands, while the other two had hands and head fractions.
— Majd Fahd 🇸🇾 (@Syria_Protector) July 15, 2020
A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) targeted the Russian-Turkish patrol near the eastern entrance of the town of Arihah on July 14. A terrorist group called “the Khattab al-Shishani Brigades” claimed responsibility for the attack. However, its involvement has yet to be verified.
The injured service members were aboard a BTR-82 armored personnel carrier that shielded them from the SVBIED explosion. The soldiers, who are serving in the ranks of the Russian Military Police, were quickly evacuated by the Turkish military.
— Tony (@Cyberspec1) July 14, 2020
The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria claimed that several Turkish soldiers were also injured in the explosion. Turkey has not yet provided details on this issue.
In response to the attack, the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of pinpoint airstrikes on Greater Idlib. The exact nature of the targets remains unclear.
The terrorist attacks will likely delay the implementation of the Russian-Turkish agreement reached on March 5. However, both sides remain apparently determined to meet their obligations under the agreement, including the reopening of the M4 motorway.