On Friday, the Syrian forces captured Ketf Al-Harami after their recent seizure of Jabal al-Nuba (al-Nuba Mountain), also winning back Talet Al-Awda in the countryside of Latakia, sources said.
Additionally, the army launched an offensive on the Talet Ghazaleh region of the province, where dozens of militants were killed and many more wounded in the fighting.
In another development on Friday, Syrian troops seized control of strategic hilltops which had been captured earlier by militant extremist fighters in Latakia.
In particular, the army and the National Defense Forces liberated the Jabal al-Naom heights in the northern countryside of the province. The operation reportedly lasted just 12 hours, with many militants fleeing to the nearby towns of Salmi and Rabia.
The army's military gains in Latakia, and an array of other provinces, including Aleppo, were supported by Russia's ongoing air campaign.
Defence Ministry assures that the Russian aviation will continue performing strikes on terrorists in #SYRIA— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 25 декабря 2015
It was launched on September 30, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including the Su-24M, the Su-25 and the Su-34, commenced precision airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The officials added that 145 of those sorties had only been carried out by long-range bombers, and that the Russian warplanes made 189 sorties on Thursday alone.