BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – Two days ago, militants of the Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham launched a deep-infiltration assault against the Syrian Arab Army and National Defence Forces (Syrian national paramilitary) in the northern countryside of Latakia province.

The attack was aimed at damaging government defenses around the strategic hilltop town of Kinsibba and inflicting maximum losses on Syrian forces.

In the event, the Syrian Army spotted the jihadist raiding party well in advance and waited until militants moved into its kill zones.

When the time was deemed right, the Syrian Army opened fire on the attacking rebels with artillery and heavy machine guns, scoring hits on their ranks and forcing them to retreat back towards militant-held areas north of the town.

Since repelling the hit-and-run attack by Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham, the Syrian Army has been rushing reinforcements to the frontline in north Latakia – among which include new troops, artillery, tanks and armed pickups.

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