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In the Syrian province of Idlib, fierce fighting occurred near the M5 highway, the main highway of the country connecting Damascus with Central and Northern regions. It is reported by the Turkish Anadolu news Agency.
According to him, although government troops and took the road under control, but can’t ensure her safety — in some areas the militants are within a few hundred meters from the road, which allows them to easily fire on the highway.
The M5 runs through the whole of Syria. It connects Aleppo to the North by the cities of Hama, HOMS and Damascus, and the southern reaches of the province of Deraa and the border with Jordan. The track allows the military to quickly transfer technology and to haul supplies. Since 2012, the highway was under the control of armed opposition.
The Syrian army has stepped up operations against the militants in Idlib, where the last groups of the armed opposition and those Damascus considers terrorists, in January, despite the initiated by Russia and Turkey, the cease-fire. The offensive launched by government forces managed to occupy nearly half Iglinskiy areas of de-escalation. In February, several strikes have been the position of the Turkish army, which in total lost killed 12 soldiers and one civilian specialist. The answer was struck at more than one hundred targets, unknown had shot down a Syrian helicopter in the skies over Idlib. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that in the case of a new aggression against the Turkish troops, Ankara will begin full-scale bombing of the Syrian forces, and threatened to destroy any aircraft in the skies over Idlib.
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