Syrian rebels take a town from government forces in the province of Latakia, largely a government stronghold. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Insurgents seize a strategic town from Syrian government forces and their allies in the western coastal province of Latakia Friday in a rare advance for them in the area. The al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front was among the groups that retook Kansaba -- which had previously been an important base for the insurgents. The video can not be independently verified by Reuters. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was part of a wider offensive launched earlier in the week. It was a rare gain for rebels in Latakia since Russia intervened in the five-year Syrian conflict on the side of President Bashar al-Assad last September.