The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard and their allies are rolling through the northern Latakia front, capturing several sites in an area of the province that was almost untouchable just three months ago.

Much of the Syrian Arab Army’s gains have come in conjunction with the Russian Air Force’s relentless airstrikes, which have left the Islamist factions paralyzed along the Turkish border.

As a result of their new found success, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade has captured 58 sites in only 68 days, making this Latakia Governorate offensive the most successful government offensive since the Qalamoun assault in December 2013.

Among their impressive gains in the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade captured the strategic town of Ghammam on the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4 Highway); the Al-Zahiyah Mountains that border Turkey; the imperative mountain area of Jubb Al-Ahmar on the border of the Al-Ghaab Plains; and the village of Kafr Dulbeh that is situated to the south of the rebel stronghold of Salma.

Now, the Syrian Armed Forces will turn their attention to sealing the Turkish border and capturing the rebel strongholds of Salma and Al-Rubayah; if these sites are taken in northern Latakia, the Islamist rebels will ultimately face their massive exodus to Turkey and the Idlib Governorate.

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Craig Scherf
Craig Scherf
2015-12-20 13:34

If these battlefield reports prove fully true it will mark a real resurgence for the Syrian Arab Army and the government, and facts on the ground will be a powerful negotiating forum for the upcoming political discussions. Here’s hoping the government’s successes continue to VICTORY!