Minutes ago in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade (commando brigade) of the Republican Guard – backed by Fouj Al-Mughawayr Al-Bahar (Syrian Marines), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – have imposed full control over the strategic village of Kinsibba after a 72 hour long battle with the extremist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The Syrian Commandos and their allies were able to break-through the rebel defenses inside the village this morning after surrounding Kinsibba from three different flanks last night.
Similar to the capture of Al-Rabi’yah in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains), the Syrian Armed Forces surrounded the village from three different flanks in order to give the rebels one outlet to retreat; this military contingency is premised on the idea that it would shorten the battle and avoid immense bloodshed.
With the capture of Kinsibba this morning, the Syrian Armed Forces are now within striking distance of the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the Idlib Governorate.
However, before they shift their focus to Jisr Al-Shughour, they will have to capture the village of Kabani, which is located just west of the rebel stronghold at Al-Sirmaniyah.