It is no secret that the Syrian Armed Forces are rapidly gaining ground in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate; however, the unprecedented disintegration of the rebel defenses in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains) and Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains) has come as a shock to most observers of this brutal conflict because the opposition forces were on the offensive prior to the government assault.

Of course, one can attribute the Syrian Arab Army’s success to the mass mobilization of foreign fighters from Iraq and Iran, but that does not explain the rebel collapse in Latakia. If anything; it was the Russian Air Force’s wide-scale aerial campaign over the Latakia Governroate that revitalized the exhausted Syrian Arab Army and propelled them to new heights that seemed impossible in the Summer of 2015.

As we draw closer to the end of the rebel presence in Latakia, one cannot help but notice the sheer magnitude of this military campaign and its affect over the future battles in the Idlib Governorate. Capturing this monumental collapse in northeastern Latakia is the battlefield correspondent Eyad Al-Hussein and his crew of independent journalists that work diligently amid the tumultuous sound of artillery shells and gunfire.

Eyad’s latest video shows the final military operations taking place in order to seal the Idlib-Latakia border; it is these videos that have captured the essence of this imperative battle.

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