The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard is at it again; this time, they chose to launch a massive assault on the vast Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside.
On Monday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the Syrian Resistance – struck the frontline defenses of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army’s “Liwaa Suqour Al-Ghaab” at the village of Katf Al-Alamah, killing a confirmed 18 enemy combatants while also destroying two mounted machine gun turrets.
Following a long 6 hour battle that had both parties on the offensive at different times during the day, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies (primarily the National Defense Forces of Qurdaha) finally broke-through the Islamist rebel defenses and imposed full control over Katf Al-Alamah and its surrounding hilltops.
According to a military source in Jabal Al-Akrad, the village of Katf Al-Alamah is situated just north of the recently captured village of Katf Al-Harami and west of the contested town of Kabani.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are attempting to seal off the Latakia-Idlib border from the Islamist rebels in Jisr Al-Shughour; this is part of their long-term objective, which is to cutoff all supply lines to Jabhat Al-Nusra inside the integral mountaintop town of Salma.