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.