After recapturing Tal Abu As’ad, Ayn Al Qantara, Ard al-Watta, Nusra and Ahrar Al Sham militants went on to seize Shillif and Sheikh Yusuf.

This successful assault enabled the Al Qaeda affiliated rebels to obtain fire control over Kinsabba forcing Syrian Army personnel to abandon their positions in Kinsibba to avoid suffering a large casualty figure in the face of a barrage of artillery shells, mortar shells, and missiles.

Pro-rebel sources also claim to have destroyed four T55 tanks belonging to the Syrian Army.

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Intiqam
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Intiqam
2016-07-01 02:37

But i believed that SAA had repelled jihadist assault and recovered all lost points ?!

German
German
2016-07-01 11:54
Reply to  Intiqam

Yes, 2 offensives were repelled with RuAF help and the third was successful. Russians are strange in the last weeks. Sometimes they help, sometimes not.

Omar Atm
Omar Atm
2016-07-01 05:20

whats going within with the SAA , it took alot of fire power and man power to capture kinsimba, just lost again like that? with all that air power..some commanders are not up to the job sorry to say.

Stephen Ulyanov
Stephen Ulyanov
2016-07-01 09:25
Reply to  Omar Atm

Air power isn’t everything. And a lot of the troops who were in Latakia were relocated to other fronts in order to participate in other offensives. The SAA is overextended and can’t have massive numbers of troops everywhere. I’m sure they’ll retake Kinsibba quickly though.

Jonathan Richer
Jonathan Richer
2016-07-01 10:06
Reply to  Omar Atm

And the multiple other points they lost? Not so soon likely.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-07-01 13:36
Reply to  Omar Atm

Nope, there’s still a clear lack of CAS (close air support) for SAA. All is made by jets, except Su-25/A-10 and they’re not done for loitering for hours and hours, jets are a bad solution in counter-insurgency job! What you need is dedicated COIN aircrafts and/or gunships like AC-130/AC-119 which are nothing else than flying-technicals! The best COIN aircraft ever made (these are 50y old refited ones! Already used in Vietnam!) http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-amazing-ov-10-bronco-was-never-allowed-to-meet-its-1695837367 http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/ov-10-broncos-were-sent-to-fight-isis-and-they-kicked-a-1764407068 http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/combat-dragon-ii-demonstrates-ov-10g-bronco-capabilities/ Some had a 3 barells 20mm garling-gun turret mounted underbelly. In fact, there should have been a small cargo version too. Any small cargo aircraft like… Read more »

Tapajyoti Bhandari
Tapajyoti Bhandari
2016-07-01 06:26

this is ODD. Weeks to capture Kinsibba WITH fire control and now lost it due to having JUST lost the fire control????

zaz
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zaz
2016-07-01 09:16

Someone has been telling the world lies. Something fishy is going on with SAA. This war will not be won by SAA as they can not do it alone. If the Russians and the Iranians do not get involved seriously SAA is too timid to to anything. Imagine if ISIS had jets and fire power that Russia allocated for SAA! The war would be over by now.

NCO
NCO
2016-07-01 09:36
Reply to  zaz

It’s cynical to blame the failures of Syria’s officer corps on the Russians and Iranians, who have lost aircraft, men and money to fight far from their home country. The Iraqis liberated Fallujah with 4,000 militiamen and 6,000 government troops. The SAA sent 5,000 troops to fight for a desert road in Raqqa and were utterly routed despite having an air force, artillery and tanks. It’s the SAA that should finally start learning from its mistakes.

Stephen Ulyanov
Stephen Ulyanov
2016-07-01 09:24

Sad news. Hope the SAA retakes it quickly.

Mendozito
Mendozito
2016-07-01 09:30

and Russia wants to lift the sanctions. Because Turkey never stopped sending in fighters. Idiotic.

Tapajyoti Bhandari
Tapajyoti Bhandari
2016-07-01 11:52

Kinsibba is a real strategic necessity…without this a domino effect might follow in Latakia

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Shro
2016-07-01 13:14

4 t55s and 2 BMPs captured by the rebels. Fail again and again.
Sara will never win this war.

German
German
2016-07-01 13:57
Reply to  Shro

I think, race to Raqqa will cost Latakia and Aleppo.

Ondine
Ondine
2016-07-01 17:20

the traitors Russia are now allied with Turkey and the US. A waste of time, why did they come to Syria if all the progress would be erased this year? Next time Russia offers help I hope a country says NO THANKS. Only country trustworthy is Iran and Hezbollah.

Juan Guido Rivas Cuevas
Juan Guido Rivas Cuevas
2016-07-01 02:57

Jaish al-fathed

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e_1000000
2016-07-01 03:08

it took saa so much to capture kinsiba ..

Amaru yesca
Amaru yesca
2016-07-01 04:39

hijos de perra

Jonathan Richer
Jonathan Richer
2016-07-01 08:43

w*f

Darrin Garnham
Darrin Garnham
2016-07-01 09:06

@PetoLucem another fail

Drak Doraleous
Drak Doraleous
2016-07-01 08:38

@leithfadel and three tanks. Let’s not forget the three gift-wrapped tanks left for the rebels

NCO
NCO
2016-07-01 09:17

Fighting for this largely irrelevant village in a backwater area for months and then losing it for hours. To whom ? A bunch of illiterate jihadis with no air cover, air defenses or heavy weapons. The Syrian army needs serious retraining and a complete overhaul of its officer corps. Let’s just hope the SAA holds out until the Iraqi army defeats ISIS, at least then the Iraqis could send help.

Amin
Amin
2016-07-01 09:46

Russia is a traitor. It is only Iran which acts sincerely.

james portugal bustillo
james portugal bustillo
2016-07-01 14:37
Reply to  Amin

agree 100%…

sepheronx
sepheronx
2016-07-01 16:52
Reply to  Amin

And why did you come to this conclusion?

shota
shota
2016-07-01 12:20

what is wrong with you people??? its all out war in syria, sometimes you lose sometimes you gain ground in a war like that, when russia is bombing the sh*t out the jihadists nobody complaints here, when they are not present at the certain time and location due to bombing another battlefield everybody is cursing russia, they are trying to make peace and reconciliation between the locals and the goverment thats why is like the way it is, otherwise they can just carpet-bomb every place in syria with total destruction and massive civilian casualties, please understand that it’s about saving… Read more »

a.o.s
a.o.s
2016-07-01 14:16

People in Syria have probably lost their hope for victory and normality. Russia seems to be too weak to help Syria.