Moments ago in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – imposed full control over the hilltop village of Katf Al-Hamidah after a violent battle with the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army’s “Liwaa Suqour Al-Ghaab” in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad).

According to a battlefield journalist that is embedded with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party in Jabal Al-Akrad, the Syrian Armed Forces have advanced to the southern perimeter of Katf Ghadder, where they are currently in fierce battle with Jabhat Al-Nusra, Liwaa Suqour Al-Ghaab, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham for this strategic mountaintop village in northeastern Latakia.

The mountaintop village of Katf Al-Ghadder is imperative to the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies due to its proximity to the large rebel stronghold of Salma, which has been under Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra’s control since the Summer of 2012 when they launched an offensive to capture the Al-Haffa District in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside.

Katf Al-Ghadder will not be an easy battle for the Syrian Armed Forces as the Islamist rebels are deeply entrenched in this village and unwilling to yield any ground to the encroaching pro-government forces pushing from the southern perimeter.

 

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