On Wednesday morning, 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) – continued their advance in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside, capturing several sites from the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”.
The Syrian Republican Guard and their allies began their assault inside Mafraq Beit Abu Reesha, where they struck the combined forces of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s 1st Coastal Brigade at the southern perimeter of this village in northern Latakia.
Following a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army, the Syrian Republican Guard and their allies were able to impose full control of the village of Mafraq Beit Abu Reesha after overrunning the enemy’s positions on Wednesday afternoon.
Not long after the capture of Mafraq Beit Abu Reesha, the Syrian Republican Guard and their allies were able to impose full control over another village in northern Latakia; this time, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to seize Khirbat Jubb Al-Za’rour with relative ease, as the Islamist rebels withdrew after a brief skirmish.
The Syrian Republican Guard’s success and effectiveness today was due in large part to the Russian Air Force’s MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships that were pounding the Islamist rebels before the infantry units reached the enemy’s positions.