On Monday morning in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – imposed full control over the strategic village of Katf Al-Ghanimah after an intense firefight with the Islamist rebels from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army’s “Liwaa Suqour Al-Ghaab”.
Following the capture of Katf Al-Ghanimah that morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies turned their attention to the imperative hilltop that overlooks the small village of Kabani, striking the frontline defenses of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham at Point 1154; this eventually led to the Syrian Armed Forces imposing full control over this hilltop and their subsequent advance to the southern perimeter of Kabani.
West of Kabani, social media activists from the Syrian Opposition reported that they recaptured the village of Arafat in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains) after forcing the National Defense Forces to retreat south; however, one problem, the Syrian Armed Forces had no presence inside of Arafat and there were no battlefield reports from this village on Monday.
According to a military source inside the city of Slunfeh in Jabal Al-Akrad, the Syrian Armed Forces never controlled Arafat and they never had a presence inside of it; this contrasts the reports from the Syrian Opposition’s social media activists that asserted there was a battle between the pro-government forces and their Islamist rebel factions inside of Kabani on Monday morning.
Elsewhere, the Islamist rebels from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” attempted to recapture the mountaintop at Jabal Zuwayk, but they were repelled after a four hour long battle with the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and the National Defense Forces.