The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has officially reopened the strategic M5 highway, Syria’s state TV announced on February 14.
The highway, which links the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo, was completely secured by the army and its allies earlier this week.
According to pro-government sources, the M5 is now open for military use only. The highway is in dire need for proper maintenance before it could be opened for civilian traffic again.
A large operation was carried out to reopen the M5. The SAA liberated dozens of areas along the highway, including the cities of Khan Shaykhun, Ma`arat al-Nu`man and Saraqib, from al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies.
The reopening of the M5 is a major blow to terrorist groups in Greater Idlib, as well as to Turkey. Ankara made several desperate attempts to keep the SAA from the highway.