On Tuesday night 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 small hilltop village of Tal Al-Rashwan in the Prophet Jonah Mountains (Jabal Nabi Younis) after a series of fierce firefights with the Free Syrian Army’s “Liwaa Suqour Al-Ghaab”, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra.”

According to a military source in the northern Latakia city of Slunfeh, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies launched a late night assault on the Islamist rebel defenses at Tal Al-Rashwan, breaking through their frontlines after destroying their machine gun nest at the top of this hilltop village near the Idlib Governorate’s border.

Meanwhile, at the Jabal Al-Turkmen front, Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” launched a massive counter-offensive to recapture Al-Daghmashilah and Deir Hanna from the National Defense Forces and SSNP; this resulted in a bloody battle that consumed most of the day on Tuesday, as the Islamist rebels attempted to break-through the pro-government forces’ defensives.

Following a long battle for control of Deir Hanna and AL-Daghmashilah, the Syrian Armed Forces finally defeated the FSA’s Coastal Brigade and Jabhat Al-Nusra, leaving scores of enemy combatants dead and several other wounded before securing all of their barriers around these villages.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies from the NDF and SSNP alternate attacks on Jabal Al-Turkmen, Jabal Al-Akrad, and Jabal Nabi’ Younis; this has proven most effective for them, as they have captured a substantial amount of territory for the Islamist rebel forces in the process.

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