The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade (commandos) of the Republican Guard began their long anticipated assault at the strategic village of Kabani on Wednesday morning, striking the defenses of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) with a barrage of mortar shells and rockets before storming the surrounding hilltops.
While the 103rd Brigade was attacking the southern flank of Kabani in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains), the Syrian Arab Army’s 48th Special Forces Regiment – backed by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Syrian Marines – were busy advancing along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4) near the imperative town of Kinsibba.
The Syrian Armed Forces were able to seize several villages and hilltops along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway, including ‘Ard Al-Wata, Tal Hadadeh, and Al-Sahaqin near the Idlib Governorate’s western border with the Latakia Governorate.
With a number of battles taking place in Latakia’s northeastern countryside, the Syrian Armed Forces are officially in the last stage of this large-scale offensive against the Turkish-backed rebels.
Once Kabani is captured, the Syrian Armed Forces will have access to Jisr Al-Shughour’s southern countryside, marking the first time in nearly 10 months that they have approached this strategic city.