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    Latakia border cleansed of Turkish terrorists, downed Su-24 ejected pilot seat found

    Fort Russ - 13th December, 2015

    Originally posted at syrianfreepress.wordpress

    *pilot seat photo from Social Media*

    The Syrian Arab Army announced on Friday that its troops, alongside popular forces, have not left any safe place for the militants of al-Nusra Front in the mountainous regions in the Northern parts of Latakia province bordering Turkey after weeks of clashes and mop-up operations.

    The army said that the Syrian government forces won all battles against the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front North of Latakia near the border with Turkey.

    “Al-Nusra as one of the strongest terrorist group in Syria has withdrawn from its strongholds near the border with Turkey,” the army source added.

    The Syrian government forces’ anti-terrorism operations in Latakia have always been backed up by the Russian warplanes since September 30.

    On Thursday, the Russian fighter jets intensified their airstrikes on positions of the Takfiri militants in the Coastal Province of Lattakia, leaving a group of terrorists dead.

    A large group of terrorists were killed and injured in Russian airstrikes on militants’ positions in Jabal al-Turkman (Turkman Mountain) and Jabal al-Akrad (Al-Akrad Mountain) in the Northern part of Latakia. The Syrian Army and its allies are now in a good supplying position in the coastal province of Latakia after they brought the strategic Latakia-Kassab highway under their control, military sources said Saturday.

    The sources said that after 3 years of closure the Syrian government forces reopened Lattakia-Kassab highway.

    “The recapture of Turkmen mountain (Jabal al-Turkmen) by the Syrian forces played a significant role in reopening the highway,” the military source further added.

    [Read more about the Kessab highway here: Syrian Army unblocks the road to the Armenian region of Kessab]

    Earlier reports said that the militant groups withdrew from one of the tops of al-Koz mountain and Height 713 in the Northern side of al-Khdra village after the Russian fighter jets bombed their positions and the government forces broke through their defense lines.

    The militant groups left behind scores of dead and wounded members and fled the battlefields.

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