Over the last 24 hours, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” have retreated from several sites inside Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains) after the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard launched a massive offensive in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside.
The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian resistance) – began their offensive in Jabal Al-Turkmen by securing Al-Daghmashliyah after the Islamist rebels fought their way back inside of this village on Wednesday.
Following their success at Al-Daghmashliyah, the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over the village of Ziwayk and its imperative hilltop before advancing to the nearby town of Shamaysah in Jabal Al-Turkmen.
In addition to their success at the aforementioned sites, the Syrian Armed Forces captured Point 1112, Point 482, Tal Thamamiyah, Kawa Al-Hatab, and Tal Thalatha in the Al-Zahiyah Mountains in northern Latakia after advancing north from the hilltop of Tal Ziwayk.
As a result of this advance by the Syrian Armed Forces, the Turkmen members of Jabhat Al-Nusra issued a distress call to their allies in Turkey (via social media) in order to motivate them to come to their aid in northern Latakia.