Over the course of two months, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard and their allies have gains several kilometers of territory from the Islamist rebels in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside; however, this significant advance has come at a high cost of life, as several soldiers have been killed throughout this massive offensive.

With this primary infantry making a push to the Turkish border in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains) and Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains), a regiment from the Syrian Arab Army’s Special Forces carried out a surprise attack against the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) to help propel the 103rd Brigade and their allies near the rebel stronghold of Salma.

Accoridng to a military source in the 103rd Brigade, the SAA’s Special Forces launched a powerful attack on the southern flank of Tartiyah from their positions at Kafr Dulbeh, killing several enemy combatants before they were able to reenter this strategic village in Jabal Al-Akrad.

Following the initial attack, the Syrian Special Forces were joined by the Republican Guard and their allies to make a push towards central Tartiyah, while another contingent from the 103rd Brigade pressed deeper inside of Salma; this assault on Tartiyah was meant to dissipate the resistance at Salma by forcing the Opposition factions to reinforce the former.

As a result of this special military operation, the Syrian Armed Forces are once again positioned in southern districts of Tartiyah and Salma.

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