NEW VIDEO: Syrian Army Captures Strategic Town Kansaba in Latakia Province

Fri Feb 19, 2016 07:31:47

The Syrian army backed by popular forces and Russian aerial bombing said on Thursday (February 18) it had captured the town of Kansaba in the northern countryside of the coastal province of Latakia.

The capture of the town in the northeastern mountainous region allows the army and its backed allies to begin wider operations to regain rebel held town of Jisr al Shughour, northeast of Kansaba in Idlib province.

The army said the recapture of the Latakia countryside allows it to begin a major operation to regain the northwestern province of Idlib, which is mainly in the hands of hardline terrorist groups.

The army has been able to regain large parts of the Latakia countryside in recent weeks, seizing the two main rebel strongholds of Salma and Rabiya in an offensive aided by popular forces and Russian firepower.

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