Last week, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – launched a decisive offensive in northern Latakia that targeted three points along the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside.

On Friday morning, the SAA’s 103rd Brigade and their allies finally advanced in the Al-Katf Mountains on the border of the Al-Ghaab Plains after a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army’s “Liwaa Suqour Al-Ghaab” (Al-Ghaab Hawks Brigade), and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”.

The SAA’s 103rd Brigade and their allies reportedly broke-through the Jabhat Al-Nusra’s frontline defenses en route to overrunning the aforementioned Islamist group’s positions before imposing full control over the Al-Katf Mountains on Friday afternoon.

With the Al-Katf Mountains under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces are now in position to strike the strategic Idlib Governorate town of Al-Sirmaniyah, which is situated to the south of the Islamist rebel stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour; this aforementioned city was captured by Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) in May of this year.

If Al-Sirmaniyah is captured by the Syrian Armed Forces, they will be just 9km south of Jisr Al-Shughour and 5.5km away from the Latakia-Idlib Highway that is currently under the control of the Islamist rebels.

Map shows Sirmaniyah's location in the Al-Ghaab Plains
Map shows Sirmaniyah’s location in the Al-Ghaab Plains
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