The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard is still advancing in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside, despite the Turkish Army’s repeated attempt to boost the Islamist rebel forces with Turkmen fighters from inside their own country.

On Friday night in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains), 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 – imposed full control over the small hilltop village of Ayn Sharouq after a series of firefights with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

In addition to capturing Ayn Sharouq in Jabal Turkmen, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies advanced towards the strategic hilltop of Talat Bayt Ablaq, which is located along the Turkish border near another hilltop known as Tal Marran.

As a result of this advance, the Syrian Armed Forces have once again secured the imperative Armenian town of Kassab, leaving the Islamist rebels in a poor position along the vast Turkish border with the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside.

Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are engaged in a violent battle with the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” and Jabhat Al-Nusra at the Al-Sayyid Mountains that are located to the north of the recently captured mountain chain known as “Jabal Al-Nuba”.

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