BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – A large number of soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) were killed last night during a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels in northeast Latakia, a military report stated this morning.
According to the military report, over 25 soldiers from the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces were killed while protecting the hills located just south of the Latakia Governorate town of Kabbani.
The Syrian Army was able to foil the jihadist advance after a five hour long battle last night; however, the attack proved deadlier than it was originally reported.
Most of the soldiers were killed during the first two hours of the battle; they were caught off guard by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, who launched a big assault from Kabbani, which is their stronghold in northeast Latakia.
This night assault by the jihadist rebels is the first major attack that they have launched in northeast Latakia this year.
Despite suffering heavy casualties and no territorial gains, last night’s attack by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham proved they could still inflict heavy damage on the Syrian government’s positions in this mountainous region in Latakia’s northeastern countryside.