On Monday morning, the Islamist rebels from the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” launched a counter-assault at the strategic town of Ghannam in the Turkmen Mountains, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s frontline defenses at the northern axis in order to reclaim the territory they conceded to pro-government forces 48 hours ago.

The counter-assault proved successful for the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s 1st Coastal Brigade, as they were able to impose full control over Ghannam and its southern hilltop after four hours of intense firefights with the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha.

According to a local journalist covering the pro-government forces, the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces withdrew from the town after the Islamist rebels recaptured the hilltops at the northern axis of the town; this left the Syrian Armed Forces inside Ghannam at the mercy of the Islamist rebels, who possessed the high ground and the ability to rain mortar shells and rockets onto their positions to the south.

Another field journalist confirmed that the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces suffered a total of 12 casualties during their withdrawal; however, the number of enemy casualties was not reported and could not be verified.

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Abdou Khouli
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Abdou Khouli

well that is disappointing

Julie Fax
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Julie Fax

Hope it will reverse soon.