On November 22, Obretix, a defense observer on Twitter, released satellite images revealing that the Turkish military and its Syrian proxies have established two positions near the strategic M4 highway in northeast Syria.
Both positions were established in farmlands located between the town of Tell Tamr in northern al-Hasakah and the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa. The observer said that the positions were established a few weeks ago only.
Turkish military and its proxies have set up a number of outposts north of the M4 highway https://t.co/NXynJ8qqjs between Tell Tamr and Ayn Issa https://t.co/Bfdji4wmEv over the last few weeks pic.twitter.com/XCzphBhDw9
— Samir (@obretix) November 21, 2019
The M4 is considered the spine of transportation in northeastern Syria. The highway links al-Hasakah with Raqqa and Aleppo.
Last week, the Turkish military and its proxies captured a third position on the highway, the Sharakrak silos, which are located a few kilometers east of Ain Issa. Russia is reportedly pressuring Turkey into withdrawing from the silos.
By establishing positions near the M4, the Turkish military is working to impose fire control of the highway. This poses a serious threat to the areas held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).