Russian-Turkish Patrol In Idlib Hit By Another Attack

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Russian-Turkish Patrol In Idlib Hit By Another Attack

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On August 17th, a Turkish armored vehicle was hit by an explosive while the Turkish Armed Forces and the Russian Armed Forces were carrying out their patrol along the M4 highway in Idlib.

According to reports it was an IED, but it could have potentially been an RPG shot, since it is unclear from the footage.

The incident took place near Ariha, where almost exactly a month earlier a previous patrol was hit by a car bomb.

Activities to discover and disable IEDs are on-going in Greater Idlib and around Aleppo, there were reports that a significant number were dismantled in the days leading up to August 17th.

These attacks are an expected outcome of Turkey’s apparent refusal to undertake effective actions to combat terrorism in the area of Idlib.

As long as Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and others remain in the area, and are the de facto authority in the area, these attacks will continue taking place.

No political solution is possible until the area has been cleansed.

Furthermore, Ankara really has no choice but to, at least partially, support terrorists, since the myth of a “moderate opposition” has all but died.

At the same time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs a buffer that would allow Turkey to annex further territories of Syria, such as Hatay Province which used to be under Damascus control in the past.

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