In a matter of 48 hours, the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have watched the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) quickly surround their long-standing stronghold of Salma in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside.
On Sunday morning, Al-Masdar News reported the powerful assault launched by the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade; however, this was only the beginning of what turned out to be one of the largest attacks conducted by the pro-government forces at the strategic town of Salma in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad). According to a battlefield source embedded with the Republican Guard in Jabal Al-Akrad, the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over Wadi Nabi’ Miro (Valley of the Prophet Miro) at the western flank of Salma, leaving them in position to strike the aforementioned town from three different axes in Jabal Al-Akrad.
In addition to their capture of Wadi Nabi’ Miro, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies (specifically, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party) imposed full control over mountain Point 867, which is located to the east of the aforementioned valley that is situated at Salma’s western flank.
Much of the Syrian Arab Army’s success in northeastern Latakia is due in large part to the Russian Air Force, who continuously provides the pro-government forces with much needed air cover.