by Leith Fadel
On Saturday, a large convoy comprised of republican guard soldiers arrived to the Syrian government controlled town of Salma in the northern Latakia countryside.
These soldiers were originally deployed to the East Ghouta region of Greater Damascus before they were given orders to participate in the upcoming northern Latakia offensive. In the coming days, the Syrian Armed Forces, led by the Desert Hawks and Syrian Marines, will be conducting the long awaited northern Latakia offensive that is concentrated on the remaining villages and mountaintops that overlook the Turkish border. Unlike their previous offensives in northern Latakia, the Syrian Armed Forces do not plan on halting this assault until they officially seal the Turkish and Idlib borders that have been used by jihadists to infiltrate this coastal province.