The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard is approaching the strategic village of Kinsibba after a series of gains against the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) this week in the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate.
On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) – seized the road between Duwayrikah and the rebel-held village of ‘Ara in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad), leaving them 2.5 km away from the opposition stronghold of Kinsibba.
Meanwhile, northwest of Jabal Al-Rous, another battalion from the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade stormed the village of Brouma that is located along the main supply road for the Islamist rebels in ‘Ara; this resulted in a violent battle between the government and opposition forces.
If Brouma is captured, the Syrian Armed Forces will have effectively trapped the Islamist rebels at ‘Ara, while also positioning themselves approximately 1.75 km away from Kinsibba’s southern perimeter.
West of Kinsibba, another unit from the Syrian Arab Army’s Special Forces is advancing at the village of Mazzeen, where they are currently attempting to close the gap between the Latakia-Aleppo Highway (M-4 Highway) and the remaining territory in Jabal Al-Akrad.