Despite the announcement of the truce across Syria, the situation remains tense in northern Latakia.
On July 6, the Syrian army repelled a major attack of the joint force of Al-Nusra, the Free Syrian Army and Turkoman units. The militants attacked from their positions near Tal Baydha region, but were not able to breach the Syrian army’s defense lines.
Tal Baydha has a strategic importance because it’s located near Turkoman region and the gates to Jabal al-Akradeh and al-Qasatel.
There are reports that the Chief of General Staff for the Syrian Arab Army, Lt. General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayyoub visited northern Latakia on July 5 in order to observe preparations for the expected advance of pro-government forces in the area.
The strategic town of Kinsibba, controlled by jihadists, will likely become the main target of the pro-government forces’ operations.