BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful attack at the key mountaintop town of Kabani, yesterday, targeting the southern axis of this jihadist stronghold.
At the start of the attack, the Syrian Arab Army was able to penetrate the defense lines of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham; however, this success would be short-lived as the latter would push the military back later in the day.
According to a field report from the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army was forced to retreat back to Height 1154 after suffering a number of casualties at the hands of the jihadist rebels.
Since early May, the Syrian Arab Army has repeatedly attempted to crack the jihadist lines Kabani, but all of their attacks have been repulsed by the HTS and Turkestan Islamic Party militants.
To the Syrian Army’s high command, Kabani is a strategic town that needs to be captured in order to secure the Latakia Governorate.
In addition to securing Latakia, capturing Kabani will give the Syrian Army fire control over several areas en route to the jihadist stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour.
Jisr Al-Shughour is located along the imperative Latakia-Idlib Highway; it was seized by the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh in the Spring of 2015.