Idlib [Syria], Jan 23 ( ANI ): The armed opposition of Syria has launched an operation against President Bashar al-Assad regime-controlled areas around Turkmen Mountain in Latakia
and Hama assaults appeared to be the start of the militants' new round of fight, with some of the groups that made the announcement involved in the fighting.
The regime wants to try to retake all of northern Latakia
before Feb 26," said Fadi Ahmad, spokesman for the First Coastal Division rebel group, speaking to Reuters from the area.
He wants to use Syria as a live-fire exercise for Russia's modernizing military, he wants to turn Latakia
province into a military outpost from which to harden and enforce a Russian sphere of influence," McCain said.
When armed militia invaded his coastal city near Latakia
at the end of 2012, Firas and his family ran for their lives.
Future information on whether the Flankers in Latakia
are equipped with air-to-air weaponry will be of great interest.
We're obviously watching it very closely,"Davis told Reuters, adding that "We have seen indications in recent days that Russia has moved people and things into the area around Latakia
and the airbase there that suggests that it intends to establish some sort of a forward air operating base," he added
Last month Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, captured the town of Jisr al-Shughur in Syria's Idlib province, edging closer to the government-held heartland of Latakia
along the coast.
Amman/Beirut: Hardline rebels and the Syrian army fought fierce battles in Latakia
province overnight close to President Bashar Al Assad's ancestral home, the army and rebels said, after weeks of insurgent gains in the country's northwest.
The explosion struck the Bassel Assad hospital in the Latakia
town of Qardaha and funerals were held Sunday for some of the victims, who included a nurse at the facility and two soldiers, according to the Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
AFP -- Syrian government forces on Sunday recaptured the strategic town of Kasab, near the only border crossing with Turkey in northwestern province of Latakia
, state television reported.
Summary: OPCW says further consignment was delivered to Latakia
port, raising overall portion of chemicals removed from Syria to 86.
into northern Syria's Latakia
Governorate, which is predominantly inhabited by Armenians and Alawites, from four directions.
UNITED NATIONS, Jumada II 3, 1435, Apr 3, 2014, SPA -- Syria has packed 40 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal into containers to be taken outside the country and destroyed, and convoy security has been deployed to deal with violence around the port city of Latakia
, the head of the mission overseeing the operation said on Thursday, Reuters reported.
, Syria (TAP) - Syrian army troops recaptured on Monday a key position in coastal Latakia
province, considered to be President Bashar al-Assad's ancestral homeland, state television said, as rebels press a campaign in the region.