Moments ago in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), the Russian Air Force, and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – liberated the strategic town of Salma after a short battle this morning with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The loss of Salma for the Islamist rebels will prove devastating in the coming weeks, as the town overlooks much of the Latakia Governorate and the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate, where Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) has enjoyed unrivaled control.

The next step for the Syrian Armed Forces will be to take the rebel stronghold of Al-Rabiyah in the Turkmen Mountains (Jabal Al-Turkmen); if captured, the Islamist rebels will likely retreat from the entire province, as they will no longer possess any high ground.

The military operation in Salma did not take a toll on the Syrian Armed Forces, as a local source reported that 6 soldiers were killed this morning, with another 8 reportedly wounded after intense fighting with the Islamist rebels inside the town.

Sources were unable to confirm the death toll for the Islamist rebels at this time.

Video Footage of Syrian Army Operation in Salma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dww1nndZic

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Denis Isakov
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Denis Isakov

Finally capturing titles replaced to liberation! (y)

Quentin Afrouk
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Quentin Afrouk

Wow, I truly believe the Syrian Army can win this war now!

Anonymous
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wow! i was thinking it would take at least a month-long battle to capture salma. that was a very quick one. Good job SAA!!!
AFP news reporting the capture.
https://twitter.com/AFP/status/686844516524027904

islamic world update
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islamic world update

#SAA/#NDF Controlled #Salma SUBURBS The Main City is Still UNCONFIRMED! #Latakia #Syria

Jim Ali Karlberg
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Jim Ali Karlberg

Don’t get the link to work 🙁

Branimir Puskaric Busola
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Branimir Puskaric Busola

western secret services (hackers) attack site … 😛

Jim Ali Karlberg
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Jim Ali Karlberg

LOL ?

flory
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flory

Im surprised that it came so quickly

Brian Betmalek
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Brian Betmalek

so fast?

Seua (รอน)
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Seua (รอน)

@PKinbangkok One man’s hero is another man’s terrorist. Liberated is in the eye of the beholder. So confusing.

Seua (รอน)
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Seua (รอน)

@PKinbangkok It seems tho the only hope for a Syria as a country is Assad and what he calls the govt. ISIS&rebels choice?

Tapajyoti Bhandari
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Tapajyoti Bhandari

now to liberate Kafranbel and stop all the hate propaganda from there

Awais Ch
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Awais Ch

😀 lol recapture after 4 hours 😀

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rick sterling
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rick sterling

great news!
CORRECTION: I assume you meant to say the operation “took a toll” but you mistakenly say “did not take a toll”

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