On August 21, the Sputnik news agency released a video of the ongoing Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive on militants’ positions in northern Lattakia.
The short video shows a Russian Mi-28N attack helicopter providing close air support to Syrian troops around the key town of Kabani.
The SAA resumed its operations in northern Lattakia on August 9. The army managed to secure the al-Zuiqat and 112 hills, which overlook Kabani, within a few days. However, its advance was halted later by the effective resistance of the militants.
Kabani is controlled by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and the so called Ajnad al-Kavkaz (AK). The terrorist groups launch rockets from the town at the Russian Hmeimim airbase and civilian areas in Lattakia on a regular basis.
The SAA will likely intensify its military operations in northern Lattakia in the upcoming few days. The recent advance in southern Idlib freed many army units.