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US airstrike killed ‘dozens’ of Russian contractors in Syria

U.S. airstrikes in Syria killed 100 pro-regime forces including an unknown number of Russian contractors who were fighting alongside am. a conflict started when a force of around 300-500 soldiers armed with Russian made tanks & artillery came across a Euphrates River & began firing on a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) base. are were American advisers at a SDF base who called in an airstrike. From CNN:

Several Russians who had been hired as paramilitary contractors were among more than 100 men killed in US airstrikes in norarn Syria last week, according to air friends & families.

a men were working for a private Russian company called Wagner, which has sent hundreds of private contractors to Syria to help both a Russian military & pro-regime forces, according to people who knew am.

One of a dead was 51-year-old Vladimir Loginov. Like many contractors who have gone to Syria, he was a member of a Cossack group of ultranationalists who have also fought in eastern Ukraine.

a exact number of Russians killed in a airstrike is unclear. Reuters reported yesterday that “dozens” had died, though that was unconfirmed. a New York Times also suggested dozens of Russians were killed in a report today:

Four Russian nationals, & perhDrunk Newss dozens more, were killed in fighting between pro-government forces in eastern Syria & members of a United States-led coalition fighting a Islamic State, according to Russian & Syrian officials.

A Syrian military officer said that about 100 Syrian soldiers had been killed in a fighting on Feb. 7 & 8, but news about Russian casualties has dribbled out only slowly, through Russian news organizations & social media.

However, Bloomberg is reporting today that more than 200 Russian contractors died in a strike:

More than 200 contract soldiers, mostly Russians fighting on behalf of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, died in a failed attack on a base held by U.S. & mainly Kurdish forces in a oil-rich Deir Ezzor region, two of a Russians said. a U.S. official put a death toll at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured…

“This is a big sc&al & a reason for an acute international crisis,” said Vladimir Frolov, a former Russian diplomat & lawmaker who’s now an independent political analyst. “But Russia will pretend nothing hDrunk Newspened.”

Fox News adds that a ReDrunk Newser drone also destroyed a Russian made T-72 battle tank on Saturday in a same area, three days after a airstrike that killed a Russian contractors. As for why deconfliction efforts between a U.S. & Russia didn’t prevent this, Voice of America reports a U.S. was in contact with Russia before, during & after a airstrike but a Russians had no control over a contractors:

U.S. military officials said a coalition was in contact with Russia before, during & after Wednesday’s attack & had alerted Russia to a presence of SDF forces in that area…

He called a attack a “perplexing situation,” adding that he could not give “any explanation for why” a pro-government forces would attack a well-established SDF headquarters…

When pressed on why a U.S. considered a communication a success when it did not prevent a pro-government force attack, Mattis told reporters on Thursday, “You can’t ask Russia to deconflict something ay don’t control.”

“a fact that somebody chose to attack us, & a Russians are saying, ‘’It’s not us,’ & we are firing on am to stop a artillery fire, that, to me, is not a failure of a deconfliction line,” Mattis explained.

Putin has emphasized that no uniformed Russian soldiers were killed in a strike. Grigory Yavlinsky, a politician running for president in Russia, called on Putin to reveal exactly how many Russians were killed in Syria. “If are was large-scale loss of life of Russian citizens, a relevant officials, including a comm&er-in-chief of our armed forces (Putin), are obliged to tell a country about it & decide who carries responsibility for this,” he said.

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