Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fighters have repelled a new attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on their positions south of the town of Kabani in northern Lattakia, the terrorist group’s news network, Iba’a, reported on the afternoon of May 25.
Iba’a didn’t provide additional information on the supposed attack. However, sources close to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), which is also deployed in northern Lattakia, claimed that several Syrian service members were killed and injured in the advance attempt.
The 4th Division is leading the military operation in northern Lattakia, which is aimed at capturing Kabani. Terrorists are launching rockets from the strategic town at the Russian Hmeimim airbase on a regular basis.
Pro-government sources have not confirmed or denied HTS and the TIP claims, so far. However, warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) carried out a series of airstrikes on terrorists’ positions near Kabani, which indicate that an attack was indeed ongoing.
In the last few weeks, the SAA captured several positions south of Kabani. However, it failed to impose its control of key hilltops, likely due to the region’s rough terrain.