BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military’s official death toll from the jihadist offensive in northern Latakia earlier this week was released on...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military’s official death toll from the jihadist offensive in northern Latakia earlier this week was released on Thursday morning.

According to a Syrian military communique, at least 22 soldiers from the army and border guards were killed and a dozen more were wounded during the 36 hour confrontation in the Jabal Turkmen region of northern Latakia.

The communique read that of the 22 soldiers killed during the battle, 5 were from the Latakia Governorate, 3 were from the Damascus Governorate, 4 were from the Hama Governorate, 1 was from the Idlib Governorate, 1 from the Al-Raqqa Governorate, 2 were from the Aleppo Governorate, 3 were from the Tartous Governorate, and 3 were from the Homs Governorate.

The majority these casualties were suffered on Monday evening when the jihadist rebels of the Turkestan Islamic Party launched a surprise attack on Hill 428.

The Turkestan Islamic Party has admitted that they suffered 17 losses of their own; however, the death toll for the other jihadist groups is still unknown.

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