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Syrian commandos make significant progress in northeastern Latakia

The Syrian Arab Army's 103rd Brigade (commando brigade) of the Republican Guard and their allies are swiftly clearing the remaining hilltops in the northeastern countryside, seizing a number of sites from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the process.

On Monday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army's 103rd Brigade - alongside the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the Syrian Marines, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) - established control over Point 665, Dhuhrat Al-Kroum, Ardh Al-Qaram, and Ruweisat Al-Jultah in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains), forcing the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army to retreat north in order to regroup.

However, the Islamist rebels were never given the opportunity to regroup in Jabal Al-Akrad on Monday, as the Syrian Armed Forces pressed north towards the strategic village of Kinsibba and its surrounding hilltops that overlook the northwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

Later in the day, the Syrian Commandos continued their advance towards Kinsibba, seizing Tal Jurjes, Talaal Al-Hamr and the small village of Balalah in Jabal Al-Akrad after a violent battle with the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusara.

The aforementioned sites captured in Jabal Al-Akrad on Monday are located southwest of Kinsibba.

Much of the Syrian Armed Forces' success on Monday is due to their advanced weaponry that helped them pick-off the Islamist rebels from a long distance away; this was depicted in the footage released by field correspondent Eyad Al-Hussein.

[Source: By Leith Fadel, Al Masdar, Tel Aviv, 16Feb16]

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