"Russians killed" in major US Syria strike

14 February, 2018, 18:14 | Author: Dustin Murphy

Defense Officials have not clarified what flag the men inside the tank fought under, though reports have indicated that they may have been Russian mercenaries, as numerous unconfirmed reports from Syria have indicated that a large number of Russian contractors have been fighting alongside Syrian forces in support of President Bashar al Assad. Afghan war will cost B in 2018 USA expands air campaign to northern Afghanistan Mattis defends plans for new nuclear capabilities MORE described the attack as "perplexing". The mercenaries were said to be mostly Russian nationals fighting under contract for Assad.

The attack's death toll is about five times more than Russia's official losses in Syria, according to Bloomberg.

At least 100 Russian mercenaries were killed by American-backed military forces during an attack on a US-held base in Syria, according to reports.

It was eventually revealed that Russian military contractors were mixed in with the Assad regime's allies in that attack, and a number of them were killed.

If officially confirmed, they would represent the first direct clash between Russian and US forces in the chaotic Syrian battlefield - the long-feared scenario that Moscow and Washington have anxiously sought to avoid. "Russian officials assured Coalition officials they would not engage Coalition forces in the vicinity".

Briefing reporters by video at the Pentagon, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, who heads Air Forces Central Command, said "deconfliction" conversations between the USA and Russian militaries in Syria continued on a daily basis.

But American Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said they had no such information on casualties, and the Kremlin did not confirm any Russian deaths. United States coalition forces were in "regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted, unprovoked attack", he wrote.

The Pentagon says a counterattack aimed at defending USA forces in the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province a week ago went on for more than three hours and involved B-52 strategic bombers, AC-130 gunships, F-15E attack planes, Apache attack helicopters and Reaper drones.

The ISIS Hunters specifically condemned both the U.S. Coalition and the Kurdish forces that are now in control of the majority of the northeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. "This was well in advance of the enemy force's attack".

U.S. ground commanders called in F-15 jets, MQ-9 Reaper drones, B-52 bombers, an AC-130 gunship and Apache helicopters.

A representative of the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Ayman Soussan, said during Tuesday's press conference "we are not bound by anything that is formed by foreign sides, whatever their name or state, we are not bound by it, and it is of no concern to us". He was targeted by US sanctions after the Treasury Department said the company had recruited former soldiers to join the separatists fighting in Ukraine. They have nothing to gain by fighting us. Prigozhin's assets include Evro Polis, an oil trading firm that reportedly has served as a front for Wagner's operations in Syria. Because it's a major escalation of the proxy war in Syria - where multiple armed forces with diverging loyalties are engaged in a protracted battle for control of the oil-rich, strategically important Middle Eastern nation.

A United States jet operating in Syria destroyed a Russian-made T-72 battle tank near Al Tabiyeh, Syria, on Saturday, a Pentagon representative confirmed to Business Insider on Tuesday. In recent days, rumors swirled online in Russian Federation that large numbers of those military contractors had perished under American fire.



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