After harsh clashes waged back and forth in Latakia today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defence Forces (NDF) were finally able to impose full control over the Shilif castle near Kinsibba in the northern Latakia countryside.

A source in the area said SAA troops had killed about a dozen rebel fighters, and took one captive. However, as rebel factions pushed a counter-offensive to retake the castle, the prisoner of war was killed in crossfire.

The source did not specify government casualties in the region although both sides did suffer casualties during today’s battles.

Contrary to other governorates, the mountainous terrain of Latakia and snipers are preventing both government and rebel forces from making rapid gains in the region.

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They capture f*****g hill! Rebels take whole areas in a day or two but these faggots need whole week just to capture a f*****g hill. Oh my god…

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Rebels don’t care if they live or die!!! I guess that’s why the SAA retreat in difficult situations. To preserve their manpower…

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Hey, just created an account, I’ve been coming here for about a year so I know all of the regulars like you Prince! To like comments, you need an account so I thought ‘what the h**l’, yours often tell it how it is, rather than the ridiculous, unnecessary propaganda (why I stopped going to Al Manar) and the truth is that the rebels took a gigantic amount of territory in a day or two like you said, but for the SAA it’s supposedly an achievement to take a single hill, with the mountainous terrain making it tough for them to… Read more »

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God Bless them