The Syrian army has reportedly managed to regain control of several strategic regions from militants in the country’s northwestern province of Latakia.
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.
On Friday, Russian Defense Ministry officials said that Russian fighter jets had made a total of 5,240 sorties since the start of the air operation against Daesh militants in Syria.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.