On August 30, the Turkish military deployed troops along the M4 highway in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The M4 links the port city of Lattakia with Aleppo city, Syria’s industrial hub. A long strip of the highway in Greater Idlib is under the control of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham. In the last few months, the Turkish military established dozens of posts on this strip.
“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has monitored an intensive deployment of Turkish forces at the entrances to the city of Arihah and along the Lattakia-Aleppo international highway,” the monitoring group said in a report.
The SOHR said the Turkish deployment is a part of ongoing preparations for a new joint Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway that may start today or tomorrow.
The recent attacks have apparently forced the Turkish military to take more serious measures to secure the M4. Ankara has been making efforts to reopen the M4 as it is committed to do under the March 5 agreement with Russia.