Jihadists and other rebels attack Syrian regime positions in Latakia province
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), which is the Assad regime’s propaganda arm, claimed that the offensive was thwarted. Syrian army “units in cooperation with popular defense groups repelled an assault by terrorist groups on a number of military posts” in the northern countryside Latakia, SANA reported on June 28. SANA also claimed that an Al Nusrah Front “field commander” and a military official for Ajnad al Kavkaz (“Soldiers of the Caucasus”) were killed in the clashes. (The latter claim may be mistaken, as jihadists on social media disputed it immediately.) Ajnad al Kavkaz, a predominately Chechen jihadist group, is based in Latakia.