The jihadist rebels of the Turkmen Islamic Party and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) launched a surprise offensive in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate tonight, targeting the strategic hills that surround the mountaintop village of Kabbani.
A military source in northern Latakia told Al-Masdar News tonight that the jihadist rebels have already recaptured the Zuwayqat Hills at the southern outskirts of Kabbani, putting them in position to build a large buffer-zone around the aforementioned village.
Following the loss of the Zuwayqat Hills, the Russian Air Force emerged in the northeastern countryside of Latakia, striking several jihadist sites near the Turkish border-crossing.
The Russian Air Force is attempting to forestall the Islamist advance in northeastern Latakia, while the Syrian Armed Forces regroup and prepare a counter-attack to retake some of the hilltops that were lost tonight.
Kabbani is strategically located at the eastern hills of the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad); it is considered the gateway to the Jisr Al-Shughour District, which is firmly under the control of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest).