Moments ago in the Latakia Governorate’s northern 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 Al-Zahi Mountains after an intense series of firefights with the Islamist rebels from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade.”

Immediately following the capture of the Al-Zahi Mountains, the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over Burj Al-Zahi in order to seize the entire area from the FSA’s 1st Coastal Brigade and Jabhat Al-Nusra in this mountainous part of the Latakia Governorate.

According to a military source in the city of Slunfeh, the Syrian Armed Forces – backed by the Russian Air Force’s MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships – killed over 25 enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the FSA’s 1st Coastal Brigade, while also destroying their command and control center that allegedly works closely with the Turkish military intelligence.

Over the last 48 hours, the Syrian Armed Forces have seized several sites from the Islamist rebels in the Turkmen Mountains (Jabal Al-Turkmen) of northern Latakia; this has prompted many militants to issue a distress call to their allies in Turkey.

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