On June 18, Turkish forces conducted a patrol on the M4 highway in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The Russian Military Police didn’t take part in the patrol, which set off from town of Tronba in south Idlib. Turkish forces managed to reach the town of Kafir in the countryside of the city of Jisr al-Shughur.
In the course of the new patrol, Turkish forces passed through checkpoints of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham terrorists.
أبطال هيئة تحرير الشام يقومون بحماية الدوريات الروسية والتركية..
أذكر أن أبطال هيئة تحرير الشام قد عاهدوا أن لا تمر هذه الدوريات إلى على جثثهم فكيف تمر هذه الدوريات اليوم؟!
وأذكر أيضاً أنهم قاموا بزرع مسامير على طريق ال 4m هل ما زالت المسامير بخير؟ Q pic.twitter.com/BI7OLCwRAM
— هادي دعدوع (@VFKH1m4QQdnSWbz) June 18, 2020
Opposition sources claimed that Russian forces didn’t take part in the patrol due to the attack that targeted one of their armored vehicles during the last joint patrol, which took place two days ago.
The Turkish patrol was likely carried out to scout and secure the M4 ahead of an upcoming joint patrol with the Russian Military Police. Ankara is committed to open the highway under the March 5 agreement with Russia. Any safety issues or delays could jeopardize the agreement.