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Syrian Army advances on strategic village bordering Idlib

The Syrian Arab Army's 103rd Brigade (commandos) of the Republican Guard are nearing the end of their Latakia operations after they seized the remaining 18 percent of the province that was under the control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group).

However, one final battle remains before the Syrian Armed Forces can seize the Latakia Governorate's border with Idlib and enter the strategic Jisr Al-Shughour District after a 10 month hiatus.

While it is not as important as the rebel strongholds of Kinsibba, Salma, or Rabi'iyah, the mountaintop village of Kabani is the final obstacle for the Syrian Armed Forces in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) of northeastern Latakia.

Once Kabani is captured, the Syrian Arab Army's 103rd Brigade and their allies will be able to push their way downhill towards the villages surrounding Jisr Al-Shughur's southwestern countryside.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army's 103rd Brigade - backed by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the 48th Special Forces Regiment, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), and the Syrian Marines - have launched a preliminary assault from two different flanks, hitting the Kabani countryside from the villages of 'Ikko and Barisha.

The Syrian Armed Forces are expected to intensify the assault on Kabani this coming weekend, as they look seize the Idlib once and for all.

[Source: By Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News, Tel Aviv, 01Mar16]

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