On Friday afternoon in the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 48th Special Forces Regiment – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the Syrian Marines – imposed full control over two hilltops near the Turkish border after a violent battle with the extremist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Armed Forces (primarily the Syrian Special Forces) reportedly captured Hill 446 and Hill 338 near the strategic hilltop of Tal Haddadi in northern Syria.
In addition to capturing the aforementioned hills, the Syrian Armed Forces also continued their heavy assault on the imperative town of Kabani in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains), killing several enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army in the process of their advance along the Idlib-Latakia border.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are within 500 meters of another Turkish border-crossing that is under the control of the extremist rebels in northern Latakia.
The territory to the south of this border-crossing is currently being targeted by the Russian and Syrian air forces; this has given their ground forces a much needed break before storming the area.