The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard has responded to the Turkish military aggression with a powerful assault on the Jabal Sheikh Mohammad in northeastern Latakia, capturing several sites from the Turkish backed Al-Qaeda rebels after a series of intense firefights.
On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade – in coordination with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, and Muqawama Souri (Syrian resistance) – imposed full control over Katf Al-Ghanimah and Point 1154 (hilltop overlooking Kabani), killing over 25 enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda), the Free Syrian Army’s “Liwaa Suqour Al-Ghaab”, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.
Following the capture of these sites in northeastern Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies shifted their attention to the Sheikh Mohammad Mountains, where they struck the defensive positions of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham at the villages of Bour Al-‘Abdullah, Katf Al-Harayq, and the two hills overlooking Jubb Al-Ahmar from the northwestern flank near Katf Al-Safah.
As a result of their recent gains in northern Latakia – especially, in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mouontains) – the Syrian Armed Forces have agitated the Turkish military officials assisting the Islamist rebels; this agitation turned into aggression on Tuesday when the Turkish Air Defense shot down a Russian SU-24 fighter jet, killing 1 of the 2 pilots.
The Russian Federation has not responded to the Turkish military aggression; however, this provocation will likely increase the Russian Air Force’s presence inside of Syria.