By Canthama in his first post on SyrPer:
After the rapid advance last week by the SAA, Desert Hawks, Sea Commandos and NDF, when many hills and villages were liberated in the Kurd’s Mountain including the strategic village of Kinsibba liberated past Saturday in a quick early morning attempt, the terrorist organizations, such as Al Qaeda/Nusra Front and Central Asian Islamists, among others, stormed the Syrian defenses for 48 hours with little to no success.
Yesterday, the Syrian forces have consolidated the past week’s gains while fortifying Kinsibba defenses. New advances were noted northwest of Kinsibba where several hills and three more villages were liberated, Marj Al-Zawiya, Bayt Janaworo and ‘Ayn Al-Ghazaal.
The battles continue to be fierce with front lines often shifting. Most of the Latakia ground lost to the terrorists in their June offensive was recovered already, pushing the terrorists toward the Turkish border once more. It is important to note the fact that the terrorist losses, both in fighters as in equipment, have been extremely high, creating a possible situation of further rapid collapses in their defenses in a not-so-distant future, which could pave the way to finally seal the border and a future advance toward Jisr al Shughoor. But before any attempt in the Idlib Province, the strategic hill town of Kobaani must be liberated.
Map credit to https://twitter.com/miladvisor
The Syrian forces offensive in NE Latakia has been on a straight line so far – no cauldrons being formed – but a straight front line. This formation may indicate that the advancing forces are avoiding any possibility of being trapped or situations that would place the soldiers in a weak position, meaning there have been and there will be many tactical retreats and counter-attacks until the front lines are stable.
Key places to watch for action are Jabal Al- Qal’ah and ‘Ain Al-Qantara (east of Kinsibba), though Kinsibba itself has been frequently used by the Syrian Forces as a buffer zone to attract the terrorists and then bomb again thus increasing their losses.
Nusra’s Gvoszdika in NE Lattakia Nusra’s Gvoszdika after a direct TOW hit
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