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Syrian Army, Hezbollah launch surprise offensive to capture key town in Latakia

13 August 2016 10:09

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The Syrian Marines, backed by the Desert Hawks Brigade and Hezbollah, launched an imperative offensive on Friday to capture the key Latakia town of Kabbani near the Idlib border.

The offensive was launched from two different axes, with the Syrian Marines and Desert Hawks striking Jaysh Al-Fateh’s (Army of Conquest) defenses at the Zuwayqat Mountains, while their allies from Hezbollah attacked from the small hilltops overlooking Kabbani from the west.

Following a fierce battle at the Zuwayqat Mountains on Friday afternoon, the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over this site, killing several jihadist rebels in the process of their advance.

With the Zuwayqat Mountains under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces are now in position to strike Kabbani from the southern perimeter; however, they have yet to attack the town today.

Aiding from above, the Russian Air Force has been flying sorties all day over the northeastern countryside of the Latakia, propelling the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies  near Kabbani.

If the jihadist rebels lose Kabbani to the Syrian Armed Forces, they will be in serious trouble at the key Idlib village of Sirmaniyah, which is located just southern of Jaysh Al-Fatehms stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour.

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