Turkey, Russia to Start Joint Patrols in NW Syria on Sunday

Ceasefire patrols will keep M4 highway open

According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, troops from Turkey and Russia will begin conducting joint patrols on Syria’s M4 highway in the Idlib Province. This was agreed to as part of the latest Idlib ceasefire.

The ceasefire was meant to stop fighting between Turkey and Syria in Idlib. Under the deal, the highway will remain open, rebels will withdraw from south of the highway, and both sides will stop attacking one another.

This was a big gain for Syria, as it keeps M4 open. The highway connects Damascus and Aleppo, and is considered one of the most important highways in Syria. Recent Syrian offensives were meant to displace rebels from the highway.

The ceasefire has held well, despite Turkey repeatedly threatening an invasion if Syria violated anything. With the joint patrols, it seems the deal is becoming more permanent.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.