Fort Russ - 29th January, 2016
Al Masdar News
The Russian Air Force is working overtime inside the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, as they carry out several airstrikes over the strategic village of Kinsibba in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) tonight.
While the Russian Air Force pounds the Islamist rebel defenses inside Kinsibba, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard has begun to surround the aforementioned village – alongside Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – in preparation for their massive assault on this Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) stronghold in northeastern Latakia.
Unlike the recent capture of Al-Rabi’yah in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains), the battle for Kinsibba will likely last longer than a few hours, as this town is the gateway to the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the Idlib Governorate and the Turkish imperative border-crossing into the Latakia Governorate.
Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade” have had plenty of time to prepare their defenses for this imminent assault by the Syrian Armed Forces in Kinsibba; however, the Islamist rebels cannot afford to suffer a significant number of casualties at this battle because they still need to protect Jisr Al-Shughour with a large force.
It still remains unclear whether or not the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies will attack Kinsibba in the morning; regardless, all signs point to this town as the next major battle in northeastern Latakia.