On Tuesday morning (at dawn), the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – launched a large-scale offensive in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) of northeast Latakia after taking a brief hiatus from this front in order to concentrate on the Turkmen Mountains (Jabal Al-Turkmen).
The Syrian Armed Forces began their assault at three axes in northeastern Latakia: Katf Al-Ghadder, Katf Al-Ghanimah, and Al-Marshwan – these three axes are located to the east of Salma and directly west of the Prophet Jonah Mountains (Jabal Nabi Younis).
According to a battlefield report from northeastern Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade is primarily concentrated on the town of Katf Al-Ghadder, where the Islamist rebels from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” are deeply entrenched after having lost this town previously.
The purpose of these three points in northeastern Latakia is to build a larger buffer-zone along the Al-Ghaab-Plains’ vast border with the aforementioned province; if they are eventually able to capture the strategic city of Salma, they will be attack the remaining points in the Kurdish Mountains from the high ground.
Also participating in the large-scale offensive is the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that were stationed in the city of Slunfeh; these soldiers are fighting side-by-side with the Republican Guard and leading the assault.