The Syrian Armed Forces have achieved a significant amount of success inside the provinces of Latakia and Hama as of late, recapturing large patches of territory in the Al-Ghaab Plains (Hama) and the Ramleh Mountains (Latakia), while the Islamist groups fail to counter at either of these fronts.
For the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division and the 106th Brigade of the Republican Guard, their success in the Al-Ghaab Plains of Hama followed the consecutive failed offensives that were conducted by Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” some weeks prior to this counter-offensive.
Earlier this week, the recently transferred Republican Guard unit began their operation to clean-up the Al-Ghaab Plains from the Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham fighters that are entrenched in the eastern countryside.
Wasting no time, the Republican Guard and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured the towns of Tal Wassit, Khirbat Al-Niqouss, and Al-Mansoura in the northeastern countryside of the Al-Ghaab Plains; this was coupled with intense airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force.
The Islamist rebels were able to recapture Al-Mansoura after the Syrian Armed Forces withdrew from the town to Tal Wassit; however, the Jabhat Al-Nusra militants made the mistake of pushing too far, thus allowing for the SAA to beat back the enemy forces and reenter Al-Mansoura.
Meanwhile, on the northeastern Latakia front, the Syrian Arab Army’s Special Forces are pressing Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s “Coastal Brigades” at the strategic cities of Ramleh and Salma.
So far, the Syrian Armed Forces have been successful in this military endeavor, as they have recaptured a number of hills and little villages along Jabal Al-Akrad; however, the imperative city of Salma still remains firmly in the grasp of the rebel groups.
Over the coming weeks, military operations are set to intensify on the Salma front, as the Syrian Armed Forces attempt to stake their positions in the southwestern corridor of this mountainous city.