Top Ahrar al-Sham Commander Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army in Latakia

Top Ahrar al-Sham Commander Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army in Latakia
Sun May 22, 2016 21:53:24

A notorious commander of Ahrar al-Sham was killed in the Syrian Army troops’ offensives in the Northeastern part of the coastal province of Latakia.

Ismayeel Ali Pasha known as Abi Ziya Banash was killed in a tough battle with the Syrian soldiers and popular forces near Tal al-Hadada.

The Syrian army has been engaged in heavy fighting with the terrorists in the Northeastern part of Latakia, mainly in Tal al-Hadada, Rabi'eh and Salma to root out militancy in the region.

Earlier this week, the Syrian Army troops and popular forces pushed the terrorists of al-Nusra Front and Jeish al-Turkmen back from one more strategic height in the Northeastern parts of the coastal province of Latakia opening a new gate to the Southern battlefields of Idlib province.

"The Syrian government forces carried out a fresh round of anti-terrorism offensives at Latakia-Idlib border and captured the key hilltop of Hadada, which has given significant upper hand to the Syrian army and its allies to have easier and more rapid access to al-Najiyeh and Bdama in the Southwestern part of Idlib province," the sources said.

"Al-Nusra suffered a heavy death toll and fled the battlefield," the sources said, adding, "The seizure of the hilltop at the Latakia border will increase the mobility power of the Syrian army in its imminent operation in Idlib province," they added; FNA reported.

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