A number of analysts and activists concerned with Idleb believe that the repeated targeting of joint Russian-Turkish patrols on the M4 highway aim to disrupt the March 5 ceasefire agreement.
Over the past two months, the joint patrols were targeted on the M4 highway, wounding a number of Russian troops and damaging Turkish vehicles, despite the deployment of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham members and pro-Turkey Syrian National Army members along the route.
Mohanad Oglu, a Turkish political analyst, told North Press that the attacks, “targets the Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement that disrupts the interests of some extremist opposition groups.”
The Khattab Shishani Brigade attacked a Russian-Turkish joint patrol on Aug. 25, 2020, injuring two Russian soldiers, according to Russian news agency Sputnik.
In a statement, the group threatened to continue the attacks, adding that “Russians understand only the language of attack and targeting.”
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