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Syrian Forces Advancing against Militants near Lattakia Border with Turkey

7 December 2015 7:35


The Syrian Army and popular forces have pushed back the militant groups from more territories in the Northern part of Lattakia province and took back new Heights near the border with Turkey, battlefield sources announced Sunday.

The Syrian Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard, National Defense Forces (NDF) of Lattakia city and Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) continued their rapid advance along the Turkish border, capturing Height 812 after fierce clashes with al-Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) 1st Coastal Brigade, the sources said.

“Most of the militants near the Height 812 were killed or wounded and the remaining terrorists withdrew the battle zone leaving behind their military grid,” the sources added.

“The pro-government forces are to continue their operation in the mountainous areas of the coastal province of Lattakia and restore full security to the border regions with Turkey and cut the militant supplying lines,” the military analyzers, who reported the news, underlined.

The Syrian army and its allies’ joint operations in Lattakia province have significantly pushed back the militants from different villages, heights and towns near border with Turkey.

Sources said on Saturday that the Syrian army troops and the NDF stormed the militant groups’ defense lines in Jabal al-Azar (Mountain) and Height 817 near the border with Turkey and gained full control over both strategic regions.

The militant groups retreated from the entire region after sustaining heavy casualties in the clashes.

The Syrian government forces chased the militants and further captured Ateera Hill near the border after a hour-long clashes.

Meantime, al-Nusra Front and Turkmen militants withdrew forces form Zahia Tower in the Northern part of province after the pro-government forces attacked their positions.

Nusra and Turkmen terrorists suffered heavy casualties in the Syrian forces’ operations.

Arafat region in the same province was also the scene of heavy clashes between the militant groups and the pro-government forces, claiming the lives of many terrorists.

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