Last night, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – in cooperation with the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” – imposed full control over the Al-Sayyid Mountains (Jabal Al-Sayyid) in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside after a series of violent firefights with the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Latakia City.

Two nights ago, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard and their allies from the NDF and the SSNP seized this small mountaintop in the Al-Juba Mountains; this would give the pro-government forces complete control of this mountain at the southeastern perimeter of Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains).

However, last night, the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army reentered and then recaptured the Al-Sayyid Mountains, resulting in the Syrian Armed Forces withdrawing to the southern perimeter of the Al-Nuba Mountains.

Despite claims by pro-Nusra social media activists, Jabal Al-Nuba has not been full recaptured by the Islamist rebels; this was prematurely reported by these social media activists after they captured the Al-Sayyid Mountains, which are located at the northern-end of Jabal Al-Nuba.

Clashes are still ongoing at this front; however, the Islamists have bigger worries at the moment, as the Syrian Armed Forces are expanding their control along the Turkish border.

 

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