The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reopened the M4 highway after pushing Turkish forces away from it, the Kurdish group’s Coordination and Military Operations Center announced in the afternoon of October 12.
Militants of the National Syrian Army (NSA), backed by the Turkish military, were able to reach and block the highway after capturing eighteen villages in the northern parts of al-Hasakah and Raqqa in the early morning.
“SDF regain control over the international road M4, after clashes with Turkey-backed armed group, who infiltrated the area and killed some civilians,” the SDF’s Coordination and Military Operations Center wrote on Twitter.
The M4 is considered the spine of transportation in northeastern Syria. The highway links al-Hasakah with Raqqa and Aleppo.
The SDF’s claims on reopening the M4 are yet to be confirmed by any independent source. The Kurdish group has not released any photos or videos from the highway, so far.