The Jihadist forces launched a massive offensive in northwestern Syria on Monday morning, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses inside the provinces of Hama and Latakia.

This simultaneous offensive was led by the Syrian Al-Qaeda factions “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and “Jund Al-Aqsa”, with help from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Faylaq Al-Sham, Jaysh Al-Islam, Jaysh Al-Izza, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Jabhat Al-Nusra – backed by the aforementioned extremist groups – kicked off the offensive by storming several villages near the strategic town of Kinsibba in northeastern Latakia; this attack took advantage of the exposed Syrian Army positions in the vicinity of the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4 Highway).

Not long after launching this offensive, the new Jihadist operation room claimed they captured the villages of Talet Al-Malek, Rasha, and Al-NashHaba  after a violent battle with the Syrian Armed Forces in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains).

This Jihadist offensive in northeastern Latakia is once again an attempt to divert the Syrian Armed Forces from pushing northeast towards the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour by forcing them to concentrate soldiers to the Kinsibba front.

Meanwhile, east of Latakia, Jund Al-Aqsa launched a major offensive in the Al-Ghaab Plains (var. Sahel Al-Ghaab) to capture the village of Khirbat Al-Naqous near the Hama-Latakia axis.

According to Jund Al-Aqsa’s social media accounts, the Jihadist group and their allies reportedly seized the village of Khirbat Al-Naqous after a flurry of clashes with the Syrian Armed Forces this afternoon.

The Jihadist groups and the Syrian Armed Forces are still clashing in northeastern Latakia and northwestern Hama, with the former still on the offensive.

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Amin
Amin
2016-04-18 10:44

When terrorists start an attack, they just do it, but SAA and its allies just say (hey, we want to start a big assault, be ready, are you ready, sure?) and nothing happens.

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Prince Teutonic
2016-04-18 10:46

Here we go again…

Alparslan
Alparslan
2016-04-18 10:20

BreakingHuge For Assad,FSA fully control K.Naqus.dozen SAA IGRC Shia group kill inside Naqus.FSA seize tank&vehichles

Open-mind Avenue
Open-mind Avenue
2016-04-18 12:06

b prepared 2 hear about aircraft shutdowns the next days. I am sure the new rebel self confidence is because of Manpads.

Benfatto
Benfatto
2016-04-18 13:34

How about build some decent fortifications next time?

Fetchez la vache
Fetchez la vache
2016-04-18 13:40

I thought the SAA was ready to attack the Mansoura grain silos. This is appalling…what about Southern Aleppo? no progress.

Polacek Adam
Polacek Adam
2016-04-18 13:36

Erdomum sends his boys again. And the “West” is in silence. Again

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-18 14:33

I ask myself why they didn’t cut the small corridor between Fallujah and Malhama. And a good way would be to begin by an attack to malhama to lure a maximum of fighters there and only then cut the corridor, so they are concentrated in a smaller pocket and once cutted from Fallujah, it’d be easier to take the bigger city…