The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard has been rolling through the northern Latakia countryside as of late, capturing several sites that were under the control of the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their counterparts from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade”.
A big part of the Syrian Arab Army’s recent success in northern Latakia has come as a result of the Russian Air Force’s powerful aerial campaign that has overwhelmed the Islamist rebel forces around Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains) and Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains).
On Thursday morning in the Kurdish Mountains of northeastern Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade – 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 hilltop village of Katf Al-Hamida after a violent battle with Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s “Liwaa Suqour Al-Ghaab”.
Following the capture of Katf Al-Hamida, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies advanced to the southern axis of Katf Ghadder and the small hilltop village of Raweesat Khandiq; this advance resulted in the capture of the aforementioned village after the Islamist rebels abandoned their positions to retreat north.
The Russian Air Force’s MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships were present throughout these battles on Thursday, picking off any enemy force threatening the Syrian Arab Army’s advance in northern Latakia.