On June 4, the Turkish military established four new “observation posts” in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
According to several opposition sources, the new posts were established near the towns of Bsanqul, Kafer Shalaya, Urum al-Jawz and Mareian in southern Idlib. Bsanqul is located north of the M4 highway, which links Lattakia and Aleppo, while three other towns are located south of the highway.
Earlier today, the Russian Military Police and the Turkish military conducted a 15th joint patrol on the M4 highway. Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) allegedly targeted the patrol. However, there were no casualties.
Turkey is committed to secure the M4 highway under the March 5 agreement with Russia. However, this is yet to happen. A long section of the highway is still blocked by terrorist groups.
By establishing more posts in Greater Idlib, Turkey could be trying to intimidate the Syrian military and its allies. Recent reports claim that the army is preparing to launch a large-scale operation to open the M4.