Syrian Armed Forces Close-in on the Last Al-Qaeda Stronghold in the Al-Ghaab Plains in Latakia
The Syrian Arab Army’s 106th Brigade of the Republican Guard – in conjunction with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – carried out a fierce assault at Tal ‘Afayseh, storming the southeastern perimeter of this hill overlooking the town of Al-Sirmaniyah in the western part of the Al-Ghaab Plains.
After a morning of intense clashes at Tal ‘Afayseh, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to assert full control over the southeastern perimeter of the hill after killing over a dozen armed combatants from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jund Al-Aqsa at this area in the Hama Governorate.
If the Syrian Armed Forces can take full control of Tal Afayseh, they will have effectively positioned themselves for the eventual counter-attack to retake the town of Al-Sirmaniyah in the Al-Ghaab Plains; this town is strategically located directly east of the Prophet Younis Mountains of eastern Latakia and it is the last remaining Al-Qaeda stronghold in this area.
In addition to their assault on Tal ‘Afayseh, the Syrian Armed Forces have attacked the Al-Qaeda militants at the outskirts of Qastoun, where they engaged a large contingent of these combatants in order to position themselves for the capture of this town located southeast of Jisr Al-Shughour.