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Moments ago in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – imposed full control over the Al-Zahi Mountains after an intense series of firefights with the Islamist rebels from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade.”

Immediately following the capture of the Al-Zahi Mountains, the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over Burj Al-Zahi in order to seize the entire area from the FSA’s 1st Coastal Brigade and Jabhat Al-Nusra in this mountainous part of the Latakia Governorate.

According to a military source in the city of Slunfeh, the Syrian Armed Forces – backed by the Russian Air Force’s MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships – killed over 25 enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the FSA’s 1st Coastal Brigade, while also destroying their command and control center that allegedly works closely with the Turkish military intelligence.

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Over the last 48 hours, the Syrian Armed Forces have seized several sites from the Islamist rebels in the Turkmen Mountains (Jabal Al-Turkmen) of northern Latakia; this has prompted many militants to issue a distress call to their allies in Turkey.

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