The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Moqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance), and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSN) – have launched a large-scale offensive in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, targeting the Prophet Younis Mountains that overlook the Al-Ghaab Plains in the Hama Governorate.

On Sunday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces surprised the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army’s “Coastal Brigades”, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham with a powerful assault at the vast hills located to the south of Jubb Al-Ahmar, capturing three hilltops before they were able to advance to the fringes of the aforementioned site in the Prophet Younis Mountains.

This Syrian Armed Forces offensive was conducted from three axes in northeast Latakia: east of the Prophet Younis Mountains at Al-Sakkar and Al-Sarot; Tal Sheikh Mohammad (Kaft Al-Ghaddar and Ghanimah); and Al-Rashwan and Malouhah.

Syrian Army's contingency in northeast Latakia
Syrian Army’s contingency in northeast Latakia

According to a military source in Slunfeh, the objective of this large-scale offensive in northeast Latakia is to ultimately seal off the western flank of the Al-Ghaab Plains in order to recapture the strategic towns of Al-Sirmaniyah and Al-Ghaniyah; if captured, the Syrian Armed Forces will be approximately 2km from the imperative city of Jisr Al-Shughour.

However, this will not be an easy offensive for the Syrian Armed Forces due to the rugged terrain and vast mountains of northeast Latakia, which makes any attack far more difficult.

 

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