After the capture of Salma on January 12, 2016, and despite a Rebel counter-attack on January 20, on January 21, Loyalist forces launched a new attack aimed at reaching the second Rebel stronghold in the province : Rabia.
On January 22, they were in control of Ghunaymiyah, Khan al Jawz and Biradoun dam. Meanwhile, West of Rabia, the Loyalists captured Bayt Awan, Khadra, Sawda and Saraya.
On January 23, the offensive continued, and the SAA captured several villages West and North of Rabia : Tifahiyah, al-Hulwah, Bayt Ablaq, Jabal Maran and Turus, besieging Rabia from the North and the West, and entering town outskirts before pulling out for the night
Finally, on January 24, a final push allowed them to enter and capture fully Rabia
In the aftermath, the Loyalist forces seized more villages such as Rihaniyyah, and on January 25, they were confirmed in control of Al-Dura, Duwayrikah and Tauma
The campaign has been incredibly fast, compared to last months very slow progress of the Latakia front. In the last days indeed, the rebels seem to habve gradually withdrawn to Idlib province, leaving behing light units to defend Latakia positions.
Although it is clear the SAA want to complete control over whole Latakia province, the Rebels may try to build a new defense line South of Kinsibah