Moments ago in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – backed by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – imposed full control over Point 754, Jabal Al-Assoud, and Burj Al-SyriaTel after a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Point 754, Burj Al-SyriaTel, and Jabal Al-Assoud are situated to the north of the strategic village of ‘Ateiri, which means the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies have captured more sites along the vast Turkish border in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains).

Over the last 72 hours, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies have captured several mountaintops and villages from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army; these gains include the capture of Jabal Al-Nuba, Jabal Al-Sayyid, and today’s sites.

With these latest gains in Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies have captured 59 sites in only 68 days, making this offensive the most successful pro-government assault since the massive Qalamoun Mountains offensive in December of 2013.

Should the Syrian Armed Forces keep pushing east along the Turkish border with the Latakia Governorate, they will ultimately cutoff the main supply line to the Islamist rebel stronghold of Al-Rubayah.

 

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