Led coalition kills dozens of Russians in Syria?

Feb 14, 2018, 18:54
Led coalition kills dozens of Russians in Syria?

It was also said that the conflict sparked after local businessmen attempted to seize oil and gas fields controlled by United States allies. I don't have any reporting that some Russians, non-Russian Federation soldiers, but Russian contractors, were among the casualties.

"We don't have information about other Russians who might be in Syria".

It is unclear who was paying the Russian mercenary group, with reports in Russia signaling that Wagner-the Russian equivalent to the US' Blackwater-was hired by Assad or his allies.

Syrian Arab trainees await commands from an instructor at a Syrian Democratic Forces' rifle marksmanship range in Northern Syria, July 31, 2017. Russia's military said it had nothing to do with the attack and the USA accepted the claim.

Russia considers the US approach of completely ignoring Turkey's stance toward the Kurds in Syria as unwise, TASS news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying on February 13.

The US and Russian Federation are now involved in a proxy war in the region, with Putin supporting al-Assad forces and Trump training and equipping the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The official was unable to say how numerous dead and wounded were Russian.

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The US military has now released video of the drone strike that took out the tank. "I advise you to contact the defence ministry".

Syrian state media have reported that the strikes left dozens killed, accusing the USA of a "brutal massacre".

The Pentagon said they were created to protect USA backed rebel fighters in Syria on Saturday against forces loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad - which are in turn supported by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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.

Last week the United States unleashed an air and artillery barrage on Syrian government-backed troops after some 300 attackers launched what appeared to be a coordinated assault on Syrian opposition forces accompanied by USA advisers in the province of Deir el-Zour.

Two Russians familiar with the matter said more than 200 pro-government soldiers were killed in the conflict.

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The associates named the dead as Vladimir Loginov, a Cossack from Russia's western Kaliningrad region, and Kirill Ananyev, a radical nationalist from Moscow.

Russia's military said it was not involved in the attack and the claim was accepted by the US.

Harrigan said the attacking forces were fighting on the side of Bashar al-Assad's regime, but said he would "not speculate on the composition of this force, or whose control they were under".

Some media reports suggest that dozens of Russian fighters could have been killed.

In the past two weeks, in addition to the Iranian drone incident and the Israeli strikes, Kurdish fighters in Syria shot down a Turkish helicopter that was attacking them last week, killing two Turkish soldiers on board, and Syrian rebels shot down a Russian fighter jet.

While the USA has used private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan for years, Russian law forbids the hiring of mercenaries or working as one even though Russia has used proxies in eastern Ukraine, where it has backed pro-Moscow separatists since 2014.

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