The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard took a brief hiatus over the holiday season in order to let the powerful snow storms engulfing the mountains of northern Latakia to pass by before they renewed their large-scale offensive in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains) and Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains).

On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Latakia City, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the Syrian Resistance – finally struck the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) at the southern rim of the Turkmen Mountains, killing several enemy combatants before capturing several hilltops and small villages.

According to a military source in northern Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies imposed full control over Ruweisat Abu Ghannam, Ruweisat Al-Sheikh Salman, Jabal Al-Hurrah, Jabal Beit Fares, and Al-Saraf after a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army.

In addition to the capture of the aforementioned sites, the Syrian Armed Forces also captured points 465, 292, 387, 344, 489, and 296 from the Islamist rebels this morning; these points are located to the north of Jabal Beit Fares in the Turkmen Mountains.

Thursday marked the most successful day for the Syrian Armed Forces in the Latakia Governorate this year, as they captured over 60 square kilometers of territory from the Islamist rebels.


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