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Turkish Forces Clash With Their Own Proxies On M4 Highway In Southern Idlib

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Turkish Forces Clash With Their Own Proxies On M4 Highway In Southern Idlib

On April 13, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the so-called Free Syrian Police clashed with supporters of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical Idlib groups east of the town of Nayrab on the M4 highway.

According to sources loyal to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham a few hundred members of the Free Syrian Police and a few dozen Turkish troops were involved in the operation. After a series of clashes with radicals, they removed an improvised protest camp set up east of Nayrab. At some moment, Turkish forces even appeared to be engaged in a firefight with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants, but the situation quickly de-escalated and the protest camp blocking the highway re-appeared a few km to the west of its previous location.

Pro-Turkish media immediately branded the April 13 developments as a heroic attempt to de-block the M4 highway and finally launch joint Russian-Turkish patrols along the entire pre-agreed to M4 security zone. This explanation is far from reality. The de-escalation deal remains far from any kind of real implementation. The area of the supposed security zone is still in the hands of al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Ankara had no opportunity to ignore the radicals’ nest east of Nayrab because it could put an end to even the current ‘limited’ format of the joint Russian-Turkish patrols. All 3 previous joint patrols took place in the limited area between Saraqib and Nayrab because of security reasons. If the camp east of Nayrab was not removed, even such patrols would be no longer possible.

However, even this limited move caused a new wave of tensions between Turkish-controlled armed groups and their more independent allies. A firefight erupted between members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Turkish proxies from Faylaq Sham near the village of Msibin on the M4 highway.

Earlier, tensions between members of Turkey’s Syrian National Army and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led forces were reported north of Daraat Izzah in western Aleppo.

Any Turkish attempts to de-block the M4 highway west of Nayrab will likely lead to a larger escalation in the area and may lead to more attacks on Turkish forces in Greater Idlib. The previous two IED attacks happened just after joint Turkish-Russian patrols west of Saraqib. The situation in Greater Idlib is in stalemate.

On the one hand, Ankara cannot continue ignoring attempts of groups that it funds to undermine its own attempts to implement the de-escalation deal with Russia at least formally. On the other hand, it does not want to use force to neutralize radicals in southern Idlib because the very same militants are the core of its influence in this part of Syria.

An explosion erupted on a natural gas pipeline in the area of al-Shadadi in the province of al-Hasakah. The incident happened just near the al-Jisba oil field controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition. According to Kurdish sources, it remains unclear what group was behind the attack. Nonetheless, it is no secret that ISIS cells have recently increased their activities within the SDF-held area on the eastern bank of the Euphrates.

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Turkish army Clash with their own TERRORIST GROUPS


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Jens Holm

I can only agree. Im only impressed, of M&M was born yesterday.

Jens Holm

Very andvanced comment showing the level well.

Séamus Ó Néill

Hardly a clash, a mild difference of opinion and a bit of coarse language….

Assad must stay



Are the dogs biting their owner ?

Icarus Tanović

Every day.


Just annihilate these rabid dogs.

El Mashi

Time is not on Turkey’s side. Turkish army suffers from low moral. They hate their vassal forces for their disobedience and unruliness. Turks will not stomach a fight with the Syrian Arab Army for the sake of invasion and occupation. They want to be home protecting their families from Corona virus in this time of pandemia and plague.

Jens Holm

Nice with some links about low moral…

Icarus Tanović

That’s right my friend.

Mustafa Mehmet

you get mashi soon….turkish army moral gd you can try mashi…..

El Mashi

Turkish soldiers in occupied Syrian outpost do nothing but sit on their thumbs watching porn and infected with Covid19. For what? NOTHING. There is no glory or dignity dying as an invader, thief and murderer. Go home and take care of your families.

Icarus Tanović

Yeah you stupid human garbage kill each others. Wahhabis, enough said…


Wishful thinking. India used to think the same thing about the Pakistani Army and the various terrorist groups they supported. “Oh some Paki soldiers died; now surely the Pakistani military will stop supporting them.” Wrong! Strategy takes precedence over morality, and we know Turkey’s leadership has no moral qualms supporting even ISIS, even after ISIS killed some Turkish troops, because the soldiers’ who died were expendable, but the ISIS group was definitely not – they served a strategic purpose for Turkey and continued to enjoy the backing of the state.

These Al-Queda types in Idlib are much easier to manage than ISIS. Turkey is going to unleash these jihadists again, with the full backing of the Turkish military just like last time. Lots of Syrian troops will die while you idiots on this forum pretend to be surprised.

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