The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard has captured one of the most important sites in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside after several days of fighting with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
This imperative site is actually a mountain chain that connects the mountains between the large villages of Salma and Kabani near the Idlib Governorate border.
On Sunday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) captured the small hilltop village of Yacoubar that linked the final road leading from Kabani to Salma in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains).
In addition to capturing Yacoubar, the Syrian Armed Forces secured the contested village of ‘Ikko after several Islamist rebel fighters attempted to retake this site from the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and the National Defense Forces.
With the mountain chain between Kabani and Salma under their control, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies are attempting encircle both villages in order to cutoff all enemy supply lines to their militants.
Perhaps the most important offensive the Syrian Armed Forces are currently involved in is the Turkish border assault to seal off Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains); this would mean the Islamist rebels would have no direct supply route from Turkey.
If the Syrian Armed Forces capture the Turkish-Latakia border, they will be in position to strike the imperative city of Jisr Al-Shughour that is located in the Idlib Governorate.