BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – Recently, Islamist rebels carried out an hit-and-run infiltration raid behind government lines in the northern countryside of Syria’s Latakia province.

Specifically, jihadist insurgents targeted Syrian Army defenses atop the hill of Tal Rasho at night. Their aim was to ambush government troops holding positions in the area.

In the event, the militants were spotted by a Syrian Army sentry team after which heavy clashes involving heavy weapons erupted.

Islamist fighters were eventually pushed to retreat back towards their own lines and, amid the withdrawal, endured shelling from Syrian Army artillery that scored direct hits on their ranks.

However, with the conclusion of the engagement it became apparent that both sides took on noticeable losses. To this effect at least five jihadist rebels were killed whilst 4 government troops also died.

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