The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard (Commando Regiment) and their allies are at the doorsteps of Kinsibba in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains), as they prepare for the final assault to take this strategic village from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
According to the battlefield correspondent Eyad Al-Hussein, the Syrian Armed Forces are 5 hilltop villages away from clearing the entire Kinsibba region of Jabal Al-Akrad, which would leave the Islamist rebels with their backs against the wall near the Turkish and Idlib borders with northern Latakia.
The final assault will likely begin from the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at Jabal Al-Rous (Russian Mountains) and spread across two different axes, where they will launch the first attack at the hilltop village of Tal Al-‘Ayudo.
While the battle for Tal Al-‘Ayudo is taking place to the east, another force from the Syrian Armed Forces will conduct an attack on Ruweisat Kinsibba; this will be the primary launching point into the strategic village of Kinsibba.
The aforementioned battle will likely take some time due to the enemy’s stiff defenses; however, this will pave the way for the Syrian Armed Forces attacking Tal Al-‘Ayudo to advance to the villages of Wadi Basour, Thallaf, and Qal’at Toubal.
If the latter villages are captured by the Syrian Armed Forces, they will have effectively surrounded Kinsibba, leaving the Islamist rebels with only two choices: 1) flee the area before the Syrian Army captures the final road to the village or 2) surrender.
Backing up the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade will be the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Liwaa Asadallah Al-Ghaleb (Iraqi paramilitary).
The Syrian Armed Forces are currently positioning themselves for the final assault, which is expected to begin within the coming days.