The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard has effectively spread the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) too thin after launching their massive offensive at three different axes in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside.
On Friday and Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Latakia City, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – imposed full control over 5 points along the vast Turkish-Latakia border after a long battle with Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army.
According to a battlefield journalist with the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade, the Syrian Armed Forces captured Points 427, 626.8, 687.5, 526, and 652 in the Turkmen Mountains (Jabal Al-Turkmen) of northern Latakia, further expanding the pro-government forces’ control over the Turkish border with this coastal province.
Currently, intense firefights between the Syrian Armed Forces and Jabhat Al-Nusra are ongoing at the Al-Nuba Mountains inside the southern rim of the Turkmen Mountain chain.
Jabhat Al-Nusra has used the poor weather in the Latakia Governorate to their advantage, as they have launched several attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s defensive positions, while both the Russian and Syrian Air Forces were forced to standby due to the volatile conditions.