The battle for northern Latakia has been ongoing for several months; but, as of recently, this imperative fight for control of these vast mountains has been amplified by the unforeseen turmoil between Turkey and the Russian Federation.

On Friday morning in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains), the Russian Air Force further antagonized the Turkish regime with several airstrikes near the border, hitting a number of targets at the strategic town of Rabiyah while the Syrian Arab Army’s 103 Brigade of the Republican Guard advances north of Deir Hanna.

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 several sites in northern Latakia on Friday, capturing the Al-Rahmaliyah Tower and the large hilltop of Tal Al-Khodor after a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”.

In addition to their success at Al-Rahmaliyah and Tal Al-Khodor, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade imposed full control over Jabal Al-Nuba, seizing this small chain of mountains just one week after launching an offensive to capture them from the Islamist rebels.

Currently, the fiercest clashes are taking place at the Zahiyah Mountains, where both the Syrian Armed Forces and the Islamist rebels have exchanged ground control on several occasions this week.

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