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URGENT: Syrian Forces Win Back Strategic Al-Nuba Mountains North of Lattakia

16 December 2015 14:58



The Syrian Army announced minutes ago that its soldiers alongside the popular forces have taken full control over Jabal al-Nuba near border with Turkey after hours of heavy clashes overnight.

The army said that the 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard, National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) imposed full control over the strategic al-Nuba Mountains after a week-long battle with al-Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

“The Syrian Armed Forces captured all of the heights along the al-Nuba Mountains when al-Nusra’s frontlines became fractured; this forced the terrorist group to retreat North and flee into the Turkey’s territories to evade the swarming pro-government soldiers,” the army added.

The al-Nuba Mountains are located between the Jabal al-Turkmen and Jabal Al-Akrad Mountains of Northeastern Lattakia.

The Syrian Armed Forces have made it evident that their massive Lattakia offensive is primarily to seal off both the Idlib province and Turkish borders with this province, leaving no entry for Nusra and the FSA.

The Syrian government forces have carried out many of their operations under the coverage of Russian or Syrian fighter jets.

Battlefield sources said on Tuesday that remaining centers of the militant groups in the mountainous regions of Lattakia province have been under massive attacks by the Russian warplanes, leaving no opportunity for the terrorists to fortify their positions.

“The Russian bombers, in several combat sorties, targeted the gathering centers of the militant groups, in the rural area in Jabal al-Akrad and Jabal al-Turkmen regions, which claimed the lives of many militant and wounded some more,” the sources said.

The sources further added that the Syrian army’s artillery units also shelled the strongholds of the militant groups in Jabal al-Akrad and Jabal al-Turkmen regions, killing and wounding many terrorist.

“The militant groups have been pinned down in their positions as a result of coordinated attacks of Russian air fleet and the Syrian artillery and can not regroup or find better shelters.

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