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 capabilitiesMORE 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 Syriadestroyed 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.
Rory McIlroy finished three shots off the pace in the first round as he made his debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am . Previous year he led through 36 holes before finishing 5th and there have been three other top tens in his eight starts.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth managed to get going, shooting a five-under 66 on Monterey Peninsula to be tied for 23rd. With so much sunshine Thursday across the Monterey Peninsula, that was inevitable.
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The company also launched Humsafar DLX- a passenger carrying vehicle and Humsafar 2000 (loader)- both diesel three wheelers. India's automobile market is now the world's 5th largest, with almost 3.8 million vehicles sold per year.
Couples of the same gender had been allowed to tie the knot in the British Overseas Territory since May 2017. Labour backbencher David Lammy said the government was on the "wrong side of human rights".
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Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) estimates 6,700 Rohingya died in the first month of violence. Mr Johnson visited a UNICEF child-friendly site where he saw the efforts being made to keep young people safe.
Frank Reich to be new Indianapolis Colts head coach
Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is also a top candidate and seems to be the most likely to be hired. After the Josh McDaniels fiasco, the Colts have locked in their head coach, Eagles' offensive coordinator Frank Reich .
Eurostar confirms April launch date for London-Amsterdam
It will target potential converts by saying a London-Amsterdam Eurostar journey emits 80% less carbonthan the equivalent flight. These customers will see their journey time cut by 17 minutes as the time onboard is reduced from 2hr05 to 1hr48.
Zuma drama overshadows South Africa's Mandela commemorations
Ramaphosa added that the ANC would also work to rebuild the confidence of the nation and credibility of state-owned institutions. It said the leaders, who have participated in discussions on Zuma's exit, dropped out because of "various other commitments".
At least three killed in Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash
A tourist helicopter has crashed in the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States, killing three people and injuring another four. National Transportation Safety Board officials will investigate what caused the copter to go down, Bradley said.
Winter Olympics 2018: CAS upholds Russian ban
An IOC spokesperson said, "We welcome this decision which supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes". In a telephone interview, Reedie told The Associated Press: "I am delighted at the decision and the way they expressed it".
Up to 10 inches of snow expected by Friday evening in Chicago
Snow across southern and central MI ranged from 7 inches on the western side of the state to about 5 inches in the Detroit area. The storm could dump up to a foot (30 cm) of snow in NY state as it picks up moisture off the Great Lakes, he added.