Over the last two weeks, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard and their allies have seized several sites in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) of northeastern Latakia, paving the way for their forces to push deeper into the Islamist heartland near the Idlib Governorate’s western border.
However, before they can think about attacking Jaysh Al-Fateh’s (Army of Conquest) stronghold at Jisr Al-Shughour, they must seize the strategic town of Kinsibba, which sits atop of the final mountain that overlooks this large city on the border of the Idlib and Latakia Governorates.
Kinsibba is considered one of the largest towns in the Kurdish Mountains; it used to be home to several Antiochian Orthodox families before they fled the town in order to evade the Islamist rebels in the summer of 2012.
Similar to nearby Salma, the town of Kinsibba will not be an easy military operation for the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies; this is due to its high elevation that provides the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) a safe-haven against the enemy soldiers climbing up the steep hills.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are approximately 1 km south of Kinsibba; however, they are advancing at a very fast rate and should be within the town’s southern flank in a few days.