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Lattakia: Syrian Army Wins Back over 20 Key Villages, Hilltops

11 September 2016 9:20

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Battlefield sources announced on Saturday that the Syrian army and the popular forces have managed to take control of nearly two dozen strategic villages and hilltops in Lattakia province.

“The Syrian army launched heavy attacks on the terrorists’ military positions in Jabal al-Akrad (Kurds Mountain) and al-Turkman regions and seized back over 20 villages and hilltops,” a military source said on Saturday.

He reiterated that the army units are now in full control of Shahbak Nakhashba, Tal al-Molk, Tal Rasha, Ein al-Quntera, Arz al-Wati, Zahr Abu Asad and Mazala.

“The Syrian army has advanced from Jabal al-Qaleh towards al-Karmil and took control of Sheikh Hassan, Ein al-Bayza, Ein al-Hoor and Lower Hakar regions towards the Jabal (Mount) al-Rai as well as heights 540 and 650.

Earlier on Saturday, the Syrian army troops alongside popular forces continued to push back militants in Northeastern Lattakia and won back the province’s highway to the bordering province of Idlib after hours of battles.

Syrian government forces, who seized back several villages and hilltops bordering the Idlib province in Northeastern territories of Lattakia, took full control over the Idlib-Lattakia highway after several years since the war on terrorism started.

Reports said earlier today that the army soldiers alongside the National Defense Forces continued to hit terrorists’ strongholds in the mountainous regions of Lattakia and captured several key hills and villages.

“The Syrian government forces’ anti-terrorism operation in Northern Lattakia inflicted major losses on the militants and forced them to pull their forces back form the villages of Ein al-Qantara and the hills of Rasha, al-Oweizarat, Zohra, Abu Saeed and Ruweisat al-Kataf,” the sources said.

“The terrorist groups retreated from the battlefield after they suffered a heavy death toll and their military hardware sustained major damage,” they added.

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