LATAKIA, SYRIA (10:15 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has made remarkable progress in the Latakia Governorate over the last three years, going from having no control over the Turkish border, to recovering almost the entire northeastern countryside.
During the Summer of 2013, the jihadist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham launched a surprise assault at the predominately Armenian town of Kassab near the Turkish border.
Within days, the jihadist rebels had seized Kassab and much of the Eagle Mountains (Jabal Al-Nasr), pushing as far south as the coastal town of Ras Al-Baseet.
Luckily, several weeks later, a massive convoy of Syrian Army reinforcements arrived in northern Latakia to help drive out the jihadists and restore control over Kassab and the Eagle Mountains.
Fast forward to late 2015, the Russian Air Force officially entered the conflict in Syria, launching airstrikes all over the country in order to help the Syrian Arab Army recover territory from the jihadist rebels and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (SAA).
Within the first two months of the Russia’s participation, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard, alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Marines, had recaptured many villages along the Latakia-Aleppo Highway.
In a 5 month span, the Syrian Armed Forces managed to capture several important sites in northeastern Latakia, including the key villages of Salma, Doreen, Rabi’ya, Ghammam, and Kinsibba.
Now, the Syrian Armed Forces are at the doorsteps of the Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour in western Idlib.
With Russian support, the Syrian Armed Forces will launch a massive military operation to capture the remaining pockets of resistance in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad), paving the way for the inevitable battle for Jisr Al-Shughour.