After the fall of Rabia in Jabal al Turkman on January 24, 2016, the loyalist forces continued their push to reduce the remaining rebel pocket in Latakia.
In Jabal al-Akrad, on January 27, they took control of al-Mazra’ah , Awniyat and Duwayrikah, and on January 31, they captured Ta’uma. Meanwhile, in Jabal al-Turkman, the Loyalists made a small push along the border road of Turkey East of Atirah, and took control of a hamlet, Kanisah.
Several deep valleys bordered by cliffs and heights are slowing Loyalists progress, constituting as many natural defenses for the rebels. In Jabal Turkman, 3 valleys have to be crossed, while in Jaba al-Akrad, only one valley, South of Kinsibba has to be passed through. The next days may see the loyalist forces, backed by Russian airstrikes progress up to the first defense line.