Early on October 6, attack helicopters of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) targeted the key town of Kabani in northern Lattakia with a series of airstrikes.
Kabani is a stronghold of different al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, including Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Horas al-Din, the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and Ajnad al-Kavkaz (AK). Hundreds of terrorists are reportedly taking shelter inside the abandoned town and in its outskirt.
The SyAAF has been pounding terrorists’ positions in Kabani for more than a week now. The airstrikes usually target fortifications, like tunnels, trenches and berms.
Russian news agency, Sputnik, reported on October 4 that HTS and the TIP agreed to fortify their remaining positions in northern Lattakia. The area is supposedly a part of Idlib de-demilitarized zone, where terrorists are not allowed to have any presence.
The escalation in northern Lattakia suggest that the region could soon witness a military confrontation between the SAA and the terrorists.