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Published on 21 Aug 2013 | over 4 years ago

The 2013 Latakia offensive (called The Descendants of Aisha, Mother of the Believers by rebel groups) is a campaign during the Syrian civil war launched by rebel forces in the Latakia Governorate. The stated aim of the offensive is to conquer Al-Haffah city, but government supporters assume conquering Mount Nabi Younes is more likely the real aim.

A calculated side effect may be to spark more sectarian violence in Syria by
carrying out a sectarian attack on an Alawite-majority area. The offensive began in early August 2013.

During the campaign, rebel forces captured a dozen villages. However, in mid-August, the military counter-attacked and recaptured almost all of the territory previously lost to the rebels.

As for rebel casualties, Tunisians, Libyans, Saudis and Jordanians were among those reported killed in the initial attacks. In one instance during the fighting, a foreign rebel suicide-bomber detonated his car killing at least 15 NDF militiamen and Army soldiers.
By the end of the first day of fighting, rebels had seized five villages and captured 400 Alawite villagers, including a pro-government Alawite cleric, Badr Ghazal. Hundreds of Alawite civilians fled to Latakia.

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