Over the course of three weeks, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – have seized over 35km of territory inside northeastern Latakia and the Al-Ghaab Plains of the Hama Governoate; this has led the Syrian Armed Forces to the fringes of Al-Sirmaniyah and Salma – two strategic cities that are under Islamist control.

On Monday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and the National Defense Forces continued their wide-scale operations at Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains), targeting the hills to the north of Kataf Al-Ghaddar that are currently under the control of the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigades.”

According to a military source inside the city of Slunfeh, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and the National Defense Forces captured several points to the north of Kataf Al-Ghaddar after intense firefights with Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s 1st Coastal Brigades; these points captured were all located along the road from Kataf Al-Ghaddar to the contested city of Tartitiyah.

Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are attempting to capture Tartitiyah and Salma, despite the Islamist rebels’ unwillingness to concede this vital territory in northern Latakia.

 

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