The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard and their allies have recently carried out a number of small-scale attacks inside the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, resulting in several gains around the strategic village of Kinsibba.
On Monday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade – backed by the Syrian Marines, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – imposed full control over several points in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains) after a fierce battle with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The Syrian Armed Forces began the day by capturing the small villages of Tal Ziyarah Al-Bayda, Dahrat Al-Baydar Al-Mahrouq, ‘Ard Al-Katf, Al-Ruweisat, Al-Sweida, Wadi Al-‘Azraq, and Al-Hawr; this was followed by the seizure of Points 425, 466, 529, 816, 932, and 1112 before nightfall on Monday.
With the aforementioned sites captured in northern Latakia, the Syrian Armed Forces are steadily advancing towards the imperative villages of Kinsibba and Kabane inside Jabal Al-Akrad.
While Kinsibba is the primary target for the Syrian Armed Forces, the battle for Kabane will also become a focal point for the government in the coming weeks as it is the gateway to the rebel stronghold of Al-Sirmaniyah in Sahl Al-Ghaab (Al-Ghaab Plains).