Earlier this morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard launched a new assault to seize the strategic village of Kabani in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside after a week long hiatus.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies began their assault at Jabal Al-Zawiqat (Al-Zawiqat Mountains), where they stormed Jabhat Al-Nusra’s (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) front-line defenses at the southern perimeter of this mountaintop.

Following a short battle that included Russian assistance, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade imposed full control over Jabal Al-Zawiqat, forcing Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham to retreat north towards Kabani.

With Jabal Al-Zawiqat under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces are now approaching Kabani’s southern hills, which are deeply entrenched with several Jabhat Al-Nusra units that have been preparing their fortifications for this imminent battle.

Fighting alongside the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade in northeastern Latakia are the 48th Special Forces Regiment, the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the Syrian Marines.

Meanwhile, west of Kabani, another unit from the Syrian Arab Army’s 48th Regiment is attempting to advance along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4 Highway) towards the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the Idlib Governorate; it is currently 14 km away.

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