Moments ago inside the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – alongside the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – begun their ground assault at the outskirts of Kinsibba, striking the Islamist rebel defenses at the southern perimeter of this rebel stronghold in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad).

According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies have pushed their way to the southern axis of Kinsibba this morning, where they have begun pounding the town with a barrage of mortar shells and rockets.

While the Syrian Armed Forces strike the Islamist defenses with several mortars and rockets, the Russian Air Force is ensuring that no reinforcements arrive to Kinsibba in order to help push back the advancing pro-government units – they have already launched 16 airstrikes over this town in northeastern Latakia.

The Islamist rebel units protecting the town of Kinsibba are Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

If the Islamists were to lose Kinsibba in the coming days, the imperative city of Jisr Al-Shughour will be within striking distance for the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.

 

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