Moments ago, 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) – have launched a surprise military operation inside the strategic town of Ghannam in northern Latakia after a four month hiatus from this part of the province.
According to a military source from the National Defense Forces inside the town of Slunfeh, the Republican Guard and their allies have entered the southern axis of Ghannam after intense firefights with the Islamist rebels this morning – he added that the Russian Air Force’s MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships can be seen flying above the Syrian Army and attacking the enemy fighters.
The town of Ghannam is strategically located at the southern part of the Turkmen Mountains in northern Latakia; it is considered important due to its proximity to the Latakia-Aleppo Highway and its large presence of Islamist rebels that inhabit this abandoned town.
East of Ghannam, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade conducted a counter-assault at the northern part of Jabal Nabi Younis (Prophet Jonah Mountains) in order to recapture the last hilltop at Jubb Al-Ahmar – they were successful in this endeavor, as they imposed full control over this hill before sundown on Saturday night.
In addition to their success at Jubb Al-Ahmar, the Syrian Armed Forces repelled another infiltration attempt by the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” at the town of Kafr Dulbeh near Salma.