Syria troops seize key militant bastions in Latakia
The Syrian government troops, backed by volunteer forces, have managed to retake full control of several strategic areas from foreign-backed militants in the northwestern province of Latakia.
Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted a senior military source on Sunday as saying that the armed forces took full control of al-Kindeisiyeh and al-Sukkariyeh villages and the surrounding hills on the northern countryside of Lattakia.
The source added that the Syrian army and allies managed to take back the mountains of al-Khanadiq, al-Kindeisiyeh, Kazbar and al-Sindyan in the same volatile region.
Syrian government forces are now defusing the explosive devices and mines left behind by terrorist groups across the region, the source noted.
Several terrorists were reportedly killed during the massive military operation, while the rest fled away towards nearby woods adjacent to Rabiaa town near the Turkish border.
Takfiri terrorists in Latakia, including the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, are largely stationed in the northern and northeastern areas of Jabal Akrad and Jabal Turkman.
The Syrian army also carried out a series of assaults on several militant hideouts belonging to the so-called Jaish al-Fatah (the Army of Conquest) and al-Nusra Front in Kafr Sijneh village and al-Arbaeen Mountain in the southern countryside of northwestern province of Idlib over the past 24 hours.
Nearly two dozen militants and several senior militant commanders, mostly Saudi and Turkish nationals, were killed during the military offensive across the region.
Syrian forces have recently been making back-to-back advances with the support of fighters from the Lebanon resistance movement Hezbollah and Russian airstrikes. Iran is also providing military advisory assistance to Syria in the fight against terrorists.
Over 250,000 people have been killed in Syria since a foreign-backed militancy erupted in the country in March 2011.