Frustrated by the Islamist losses inside the Turkmen Mountains (Jabal Al-Turkmen) of northern Latakia, the Turkish Army fired 11 artillery shells towards a National Defense Forces (NDF) camp in Jabal ‘Ateiri, wounding 5 soldiers and causing material damage to the military’s hardware.
The following day, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – alongside Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – responded to the Turkish aggression by intensifying their operations near the strategic village of Kinsibba in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains), advancing their positions from the recently captured mountaintop of Jabal Al-Rous towards the Islamist-held town of ‘Ara.
According to a battlefield correspondent in Jabal Al-Akrad, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies are currently advancing at the eastern perimeter of ‘Ara, where they have been involved in a violent battle with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
If the town of ‘Ara is captured by the Syrian Armed Forces, the latter will be within 2 km of Kinsibba, which is their ultimate goal in the Kurdish Mountains of northeastern Latakia.
Kinsibba is the gateway to the Islamist stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour in the Idlib Governorate; if lost, the Syrian Armed Forces will be within striking distance of this strategic city.