Latakia (5:15 A.M.): The jihadist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), backed by the Turkmen Islamic Party and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, reportedly captured the village of Shalaf in northern Latakia on Wednesday.

These jihadists were able to retake Shalaf on Wedneday after launching another powerful assault against the Syrian Armed Forces near the key mountaintop town of Kinsibba.

Shalaf was captured by the jihadist rebels just 24 hours after they seized several small villages near Kinsibba, including Ballah and Ruwaysat Shakara.

The Syrian Armed Forces have now withdrawn from all of the villages and hilltops they captured last weekend at the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) of northeastern Latakia.

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Yep, the SyAAF needs new aircraft, Russia is not helping on that front for some reason…

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Military aircrafts are very expensive, even if you already own them, the flight cost is tremendous, ammos are over expensive too… Flying a A-10? 17k$/hour! F-15? +40k$/h Well, some are much cheaper : Saab Grippen : 4500/5000$/hour, Rafale : 7000/8000$/h due to modern more economical engines and much clever building (easier to maintain). A V-22 Osprey cost is 83k$/h, it’s heaven cheaper to fly a B-52 : 77k$/h. A guided bomb or Hellfire missile? About 100k$ per ammo. SyAAF had some Yak-130 delivered in December, it’s a trainer/light attack aircraft : 15M$ each. A Su-34? 34M$! Grippen? 42M€! Rafale? 68M€… Read more »

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@leithfadel Looks like SAA defense collapsed due to suicide bomber

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tipex

the saa latakia campaign is turning into a bit of a joke. they have no concept of how to dig in and form a defencive position

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or maybe they are just very undermanned and their job is to simply hold on until the SAA can pull men from east and west ghouta after both are sealed

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Sean_in_Nyc

This. The SAA and allies only have the manpower to go on the offensive in one or two major fronts at once. Everywhere else the current strategy requires them to hold what they can, make the rebels pay dearly for whatever real estate they gain, then fall back to avoid casualties. It has been this way since early 2015, if not earlier. The Jihadists, however, know this and do the same. But this attritional warfare would end immediately if Turkey controlled its border with Syria and stopped the flow of rebel fighters in and out. Once foreign fighters stop refilling… Read more »

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I agree

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You cannot use air strikes in such closely contested front line; the risk of friendly strikes is too great. RuAF could utilize helicopters Ataka guided missiles from 6 km out; but for some reason they are not. RuAF also waited for over 24 hours before striking Kinsiba; therefore allowing militants to dig in and prepare defenses. These strikes are mostly cosmetic. The critical error committed by Hawks was their failure to prepare defense against the ONLY weapon that could have defeated them. Perhaps there was an element of luck present; however, failing to plug two roads leading into village was… Read more »

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Actually, I think the major issues facing the Syrians is because that region of Latakia is mountainous and forested. These two factors dramatically reduce advantages normally afforded by air supremacy; hamstring logistics on the ground; and is ideal territory for ambush tactics. It is, in essence, an asymmetrical fighter’s paradise.

This is the same challenge faced by the US in large swathes of Afghanistan, and a huge part of the reason why the Taliban can still control 10-20% of the country after 15 years of war.

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You cannot use air strikes in such closely contested front line; the risk of friendly strikes is too great.” => Yes you can! No problem to do this! It’s called IFF : indicator friend/foe. It may be a radio-beacon with a code or simply a vertical IR flash with a previously convened pattern of flashes, to the FLIR/rolling map in the aircraft recognizes you as friend “These strikes are mostly cosmetic.” => Simply a kind of showroom : proves that russian aircrafts are not old soviet junk anymore 🙂 And, BTW, they simply act like they would do anytime in… Read more »

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I think the enemy received a large shipment of MANPADS (or something similar) to counter those low-flying helicopters and medium-altitude fighters that have been pounding them so badly. I haven’t counted but there was a huge spike in losses in the past month. – IMO proof of this major development is the Russian high-altitude bombers showing up this week. If I’m right they will be followed by another round of long-range ballistic missile strikes from the Russian Navy. – This process could be delayed by event in Turkey. Recon drone losses have also been very high, however recent reports indicate… Read more »

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Manuel Flores Escobar

Its better for SAA strategic that terrorist remain in latakia mountain instead of leave that place and going to Aleppo front!

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Almasdar u need a version för People w Low Connection!