12 hours after they announced the suspension of their offensive at the Prophet Younis Mountains in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – resumed their assault on the Islamist rebel’s defensive positions near Jubb Al-Ahmar.

Not long after they announced the continuation of their offensive in the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Armed Forces attacked Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies from the Free Syrian Army’s “Coastal Brigades” and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham at the Raweesah Al-Jourah hilltop, capturing this site following a brief, but violent engagement between the opposing forces to the southwest of Jubb Al-Ahmar.

According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies killed 7 enemy combatants from the Islamist rebel forces before the latter withdrew north towards the remaining hills surrounding Jubb Al-Ahmar’s southern perimeter.

With the continuation of their offensive in northeast Latakia, the Syrian Armed Forces will attempt to zero-in on the remaining hills of Jubb Al-Ahmar in order to reposition themselves to attack the western flank of Al-Sirmaniyah – a town located 2 km south of Jisr Al-Shughour.

The Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command asserted that the suspension of yesterday’s assault in northeast Latakia was due to heavy fog, which resulted in the grounding of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) – without air cover, the soldiers were ordered not to advance.

 

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