On Saturday morning 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 Latakia City and Qurdaha; the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP); and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) - continued their rapid advance along the Turkish border, capturing several sites from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), and the Free Syrian Army's "1st Coastal Brigade".
The Syrian Arab Army's 103rd Brigade and their allies began their assault at the Zahiyah Tower, where they were confronted by a large contingent of Islamists from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army near the Turkish border-crossing.
Following the violent confrontation with Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army, the Syrian Arab Army's 103rd Brigade and their allies imposed full control of the Zahiyah Tower in Jabal Al-Zahiyah (Zahiyah Mountains), killing several enemy combatants in the process of this advance.
In addition to their advance in Jabal Al-Zahiyah, the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over two new sites along the Turkish border; these sites were identified by a military source as Point 812 and Jabal Al-'Azar ('Azar Mountains) in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains).
With the Syrian Arab Army's recent advance along the Turkish border with the Latakia Governorate, the Turkish Army has remained