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Turkish, Russian forces hold 22nd joint patrol in northern Syria

On July 14, during the 21st patrol, a terrorist explosive hit Turkish and Russian vehicles, causing damage but no casualties.
22.07.2020 - 16:10

Turkish and Russian troops hold their 22nd joint patrol along the key M4 highway in Idlib, northwestern Syria on July 22, 2020.


“According to the Turkey-Russian Federation Agreement/Protocol; 22nd TUR-RF Combined Land Patrol on M-4 Highway in Idlib, comprising the entire route between Trumbah and Ayn Al Havr, was conducted with the participation of land and air elements,” said Turkey's National Defense Ministry on Twitter.

The M4 highway, also known as the Aleppo-Al Hasakah road, is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Turkey's southern border.

This March, Ankara and Moscow agreed on a protocol urging parties to "cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib de-escalation area."

The protocol said joint Turkish-Russian patrols would begin on March 15 along the M4 highway from the settlement of Trumba -- 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) west of Saraqib -- to the settlement of Ain al-Havr.