BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – For the third day in a row, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has failed to penetrate the militant front-lines at the key mountaintop town of Kabani in northeastern Latakia.
Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempted to crack the lines of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) at the southern heights of Kabani last night.
However, their attempt to breach the militant lines was once again repulsed after a fierce fight overnight at the southern axis of Kabani.
According to a military source, the Syrian Army was forced to abandon the attack after suffering a number of casualties during the main assault on the mountaintop town.
The battle for Kabani is arguably the most difficult one for the Syrian Arab Army and their allies due to the fierce resistance from the militants and rough terrain surrounding this town.
The Syrian Army will need to capture Kabani if they ever decide to make a serious push to reach the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour in western Idlib.