AhlulBayt News Agency – The Syrian and Russian air forces are launching a barrage of airstrikes over the Latakia Governorate this morning that are targeting the extremist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Jaysh Al-Turkmen near the Turkish border-crossing into the Hatay Province.
According to a military source in rural Latakia, the Syrian and Russian air forces have already carried out more than 40 airstrikes over Jabal Al-Turkmen and Jabal Al-Akrad, killing several combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jaysh Al-Turkmen in the process of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) ground advance.
The primary target for the Syrian and Russian air forces was the stretch of land in Jabal Al-Turkmen that borders Turkey to the south.
This stretch of land has been used by the Jihadist rebels to form several military installations that are disguised as “refugee camps”; these sites have proven to be opposition camps that are used to train and house fighters.
In addition to their airstrikes over Jabal Al-Turkmen, the Syrian and Russian air forces also carried out a number of attacks at the town of Kabani in order to help the Syrian Arab Army’s infantry units that are attempting to capture the area.
Syrian Army advances amid Russian airstrikes in east Homs
The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – continued their large-scale offensive in the east Homs countryside on Saturday, striking several mountaintops under the control of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).
The Syrian Armed Forces began their assault on Saturday morning at the Bardeh Mountains located between the ancient desert cities of Quraytayn and Palmyra (Tadmur).
Following a heated exchange with the ISIS militants entrenched at Jabal Al-Bardeh, the Syrian Armed Forces reportedly entered two villages in this rugged region of the Homs Governorate.
Elsewhere, the Syrian Armed Forces launched their first assault on the Murbet Al-Hassan Mountains in northern Palmyra after liberating the nearby storage bases on Friday.
Much of the Syrian Army’s success in the east Homs countryside today is due to the Russian Air Force’s relentless bombardment of ISIS’ defensive positions along the Palmyra-Raqqa Highway.
These airstrikes have obstructed the terrorist group’s main supply route left them without provisions for several hours.