One week after capturing and then losing the strategic town of Ghammam in northern Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – have imposed full control over this town after intense firefights with the Islamist rebels from the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra.”

The Syrian Armed Forces launched this counter-assault on Friday morning after reinforcements from Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains) arrived to help their comrades push north towards the heart of Jabal Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains); these reinforcements proved integral, as the Syrian Armed Forces were able to impose full control over this town along the Latakia-Aleppo Highway (M-4 Highway).

In addition to their success at Ghammam in Jabal Turkmen, the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over the mountaintop that overlooks the aforementioned town; this small mountaintop in Jabal Turkmen is also known as “Jabal Bakdash.”

According to a military source inside the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade led the assault on Jabhat Al-Nusra’s positions at Jabal Bakdash, killing over 15 enemy combatants and seizing 3 armored vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft machine guns before the aforementioned Islamist group retreated north towards Deir Hanna.

These two sites are strategically located along the Latakia-Aleppo Highway that leads to the rebel stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour; this aforementioned city is the gateway to the Idlib Governorate.

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