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U.S., Russia won't confirm U.S. strikes killed "mercenaries"

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reported last week that Russian mercenaries were among the pro-Syrian regime forces hit by the strikes, and if any Russian nationals were among those killed, it would mark the first time a U.S. airstrike has killed Russians in Syria.

Russian news reports Tuesday described just such a scenario, with an unknown number of Russian military contractors killed in a ferocious U.S. counterattack last week.

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Global News -
Russian military contractors reportedly killed in confrontation with U.S. forces in Syria

Russian news reports Tuesday described just such a scenario, with an unknown number of Russian military contractors killed in a ferocious U.S. counterattack last week.

The reports cited activists who said that at least four Russian citizens were killed in Syria on Feb. 7.. The Russian Defence Ministry charged that the incident reflected a U.S. push to grab Syria’s economic assets under the cover of fighting the Islamic State group.


BBC -
'Russians killed' in US Syria air strikes

At least two Russian fighters were killed in US air strikes in north-eastern Syria last week, their associates have told the BBC.

"If Russians are among those who were killed, this would mark the first time a US air strike has killed Russians in Syria," CBS News' David Martin reported. Quoting a Pentagon official, CBS News first reported on 8 February that Russian mercenaries were among "pro-regime" forces that attacked the SDF base.


The Guardian -
Scores of Russian mercenaries reportedly killed by US airstrikes in Syria

Scores of Russian mercenaries were reportedly killed when US forces carried out air strikes against a pro-regime force in eastern Syria last week, according to US and Russian reports.

If the high estimates of Russian casualties are confirmed, it would be the most lethal clash between US and Russian citizens since the end of the cold war, and it comes at a time when proxy forces in Syria are increasingly coming into contact, as they compete for territory vacated by retreating Islamic State militants.


New York Times -
Dozens of Russians Are Believed Killed in U.S.-Led Syria Attack

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

Mr. Ionov said he was speaking out, like a growing number of opposition and other voices, because he wants the Russians killed to be officially recognized for their sacrifice.



“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte