The Syrian Marines (Fouj Al-Mughawayr Al-Bahir) were recently deployed to Palmyra (Tadmur) in order to help their comrades from the Tiger Forces and Desert Hawks reclaim this ancient city in the vast Syrian Desert.
Following Palmyra’s liberation on Sunday morning, the Syrian Marines were given orders by the High Command of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to redeploy to the Kurdish (Jabal Al-Akrad) and Turkmen (Jabal Al-Turkmen) mountains in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside.
Unlike in Palmyra, where they were a support unit, the Syrian Marines played an imperative role in northern Latakia offensive, leading the charge to recapture several villages, hilltops, and roadways en route to the Idlib and Turkish borders.
The situation they are returning to in northern Latakia has not changed at all; in fact, their allies from the 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard and the 48th Special Forces Regiment are still in position to capture the imperative town of Kabani and retake all of the villages along the highway to Jisr Al-Shughour.
The return of the Syrian Marines to the Latakia Governorate means that the military operations near the rebel stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour will likely restart as they look to capture the aformentioned city from Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest).
Recently, the extremist rebels exposed their own impotence in northern Latakia by launching a large-scale offensive to recapture Kinsibba and Qal’at Kinsibba; this assault not only failed, but it also resulted in the government forces retaking more territory .
Now, with the Syrian Marines back, the extremist rebels will have their hands full as they lack both manpower and the military capabilities to forestall the government advance in northern Latakia.