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    Syrian Army Takes Full Control of Turkmen Mountain Near Latakia

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    The strategically important region of the Turkmen Mountain, located in the northeast of Latakia on the border with Turkey, is now entirely under the Syrian Army’s control.

    Government troops backed by Russian air force managed to clear the area of militants from al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups.

    As part of the operation to free the area which started 5 days ago, forces comprising 7,000 armed personnel took control of the strategically important village of Ain Issa.

    During fierce fighting with militant groups of al-Nusra Front and Ahrar ash-Sham, 43 terrorists were killed and 37 wounded.

    This morning, as a result of heavy fighting, the Syrian Army managed to take control of the area around the Karamanlı hill and the village of İsa Pınar which is 4 km from the Turkish border.

    Due to this, the territory around Turkmen Mountain was under full control of Syrian government troops. After liberation, Daesh terrorists fled to Turkey, some of them continue to hide in the region.

    With the liberation of Turkmen Mountain, which is an important strategic point because of its proximity to the Turkish border and mountainous terrain, the terrorists can no longer carry out attacks in Latakia with missiles and receive weapons from across the Turkish border.

    The fact that the area has been liberated is also important because it is located on the Turkmen Mountain which is leading to the city of Idlib.

    This will allow the Syrian government troops to start operations in the strategically important village of Jisr al-Shughur, located on a hill between Latakia and Idlib. Taking over the village will contribute to freeing Idlib.

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    strategic importance, liberation, control, Ahrar ash-Sham, Syrian Armed Forces, Al-Nusra Front, Syria
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