Syrian Army battles Al-Nusra terrorists in strategic Latakia hilltops (DRONE FOOTAGE)
Incredible yet graphic footage of the Syrian army battling pockets of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Turkistan Islamic Party resistance in north-eastern Latakia Governorate resembles a video game when recorded from a drone hovering above the battlefield.
In another scene, anti-tank guided missiles launched at enemy positions force the militants to run for cover in the strategically important hilltops of northeastern Latakia. Scared of advanced weaponry, the jihadists flee the hills as the Syrian army continues their liberation of extremist-infested areas of the country.
In November 2015, aided by Russian air power, government troops began a campaign to recapture rebel-held territory in the Latakia Governorate bordering Turkey. By March, the military pushed on Kabani, taking over the city in addition to securing the strategic height of Kabani Hill 1154.
By mid-April Al-Nusra-led militants have launched a counterattack in an attempt to take back the province and regain control over the area and supply routes between the Turkish border and Syria’s Idlib province.
“According to information received from civilians and opposition forces, Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist grouping continues concentrating its forces in north-eastern regions of the Latakia province,” Russian defense ministry said on Monday night.
So far, the Syrian forces have successfully defended the state controlled areas and have pushed back the jihadist fighters.
After Russia pulled back its forces in February, after conducting a highly successful 5-month military campaign, Moscow continues to supply the Syrian civilians with vital humanitarian aid. On Tuesday, Russian servicemen delivered around 1.5 tons of humanitarian aid to a refugee center in Latakia.
According to Lt. Col. Vitaly Verbitsky, residents received packages with individual food ratios that included canned fish and meat, sugar, flour, dry milk and cereals. Kids were offered sweets, waffles, cookies and candy. In addition, a mobile medical center has been set up by the Russian military in the region to offer treatment to those in need of vital medical care.
"Talking about Russian humanitarian aid, it is, of course, very useful and very necessary," the director of Latakia’s committee on refugees Sahar Issa told reporters. "Russian humanitarian aid is a great symbol of friendship for us, it reminds us and gives us hope that Russia is with us, that Russia will not refuse us, and that our mutual cooperation will strengthen."