Syrian army lost control over key town in Latakia


The army of Bashar Assad has lost control over the strategically important town in Latakia province. Rebel groups, including the Al-Nusra Front recaptured the town from government forces.

Syrian rebels captured the strategically important town Kessab in Latakia province. This was reported by Reuters with reference to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The army of Bashar Assad took control over Kessab in February this year with the support of the Russian aviation. The town, that is located not far from the Turkish border at an altitude in mountainous terrain, was a stronghold of the Syrian rebels.

Among those who seized Kessab was the group Al-Nusra Front, which is considered terrorist in Russia, Reuters reports. In their statement on the Internet Al-Nusra Front said that as a part of an alliance of Islamist rebel groups, they seized Kensab and other small towns, as well as several tanks and artillery.

Latakia province borders with the province of Idlib, which is the stronghold of a number of Syrian rebel groups, including Al-Nusra Front.

In parallel, Al-Nusra Front and other groups are actively on the offensive against government forces in another Syrian province, Aleppo.

Source: RBC


Image: RIA Novosti