The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Mouqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – has recently made huge strides at the strategic town of Salma in northeastern Latakia after they captured the nearby village of Doreen during last month’s offensive.

After a failed infiltration attempt by the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their ally” The Coastal Brigades,” the SAA’s Special Forces launched a counter-offensive into the town of Salma last night, capturing the southern hills before they would halt their assault by midnight on Thursday morning.

Around 6:30 A.M. Damascus Time on Thursday, the SAA’s Special Forces and the NDF stormed Al-Ghanimah hill, where they killed 18 armed militants from Jabhat Al-Nusra; this was followed by the announcement of the hill’s capture by the forces loyal to the Syrian Government as of 8:15 A.M.

Following the capture of Al-Ghanimah Hill, the SAA and NDF moved onto Katf Al-Ghadar area of Salma, where they were able to control of this rugged landscape inside the town after fierce clashes with the Islamist groups.

The fighting has moved on to Kafr Dalbah and Marj Shayli, as the SAA and NDF continue to press the Islamist groups inside Salma; if they are able to capture the town, this would be a major blow to the Islamist forces in the Latakia Governorate due to Salma being vitally situated in Jabal Al-Akrad.

According to a military source, the following militants from Jabhat Al-Nusra were identified among the dead: “Abu Mohammad Al-Daghestaani” (Daghestani), Kareem Ghassan Al-Hajjar (Saudi), “Abu Yousif Al-Musri” (Egyptian), Noures Fouad Al-Ghareeb (Saudi), Mustafa Mohammad ‘Abdullah, Radwan Thabit Khodor, Zaid Ghaleb Al-Moussa, and Qusay Khaled Abu Mariam.

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