Russian Federation mercenaries killed by U.S. troops in Syria gun battle

Russian army servicemen at the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria

When pressed on why the US considered the communication a success when it did not prevent the pro-government force attack, Mattis told reporters on Thursday, "You can't ask Russian Federation to deconflict something they don't control".

The strike came less than a week after a major clash with pro-Syrian government forces and coalition forces overnight between February 7 and 8 that is thought to have left 100 or more of the pro-Syrian government personnel dead, according to the Reuters report. However, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura joined Russia's, and Iran's attempts to mediate negotiations hoping they would revive Geneva's peace process.

Many of the Russian private fighters in Syria reportedly work for The Wagner group, founded by retired Lt. Col. Dmitry Utkin.

What happened in the USA strikes?

The U.S. -backed Kurdish-led forces have been vying with Russian-backed Syrian troops reinforced by Iranian-supported militias for control of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province.

They crossed the Euphrates River, shelling an SDF base, where American advisers were present.

Bloomberg has that last week's on US-backed Kurdish fighters by forces aligned with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was actually conducted by Russian mercenaries, and that at least 100 of them died in the failed attack.

Fox News reported three inside the tank were killed.

He also added that the Euphrates river has always been used as a line of demarcation between USA forces and the opposition, and the troops of Russian Federation and the government of Syria. The proposition that the attempted assault was not cleared with Russia's "official" military is also supported by the Kremlin's muted reaction to the event.

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Both sides are fighting the last remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria. He warned against relying on "distorted information" in media reports, some of which cited unconfirmed claims that overall casualties could have been as high as 200 and Russians could have accounted for the bulk of them.

It is very hard to estimate the number of Russians working as military contractors in Syria and the number who are killed.

Putin has emphasized that no uniformed Russian soldiers were killed in the strike.

Pro-Assad fighters approached the US-held base in a "battalion-sized formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars" on 7 February, Col Thomas F Veale, a spokesman for the USA military, said in a statement.

In the Baltic Sea city of Kaliningrad, a local Cossack conservative group also reported losing one of its own, Vladimir Login, in the attack. The reports coincide with the release of the names on Twitter of six Russian men killed in Syria last week. Some Russian lawmakers have called for legislation that would set rules fro private military contractors.

How did the Kremlin react?

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The attack began last Wednesday when pro-Assad fighters approached in a "battalion-sized formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars", Col. Thomas F. Veale, a spokesman for the U.S. military, said in a statement to Bloomberg. Already Grigory Yavlinsky, a veteran liberal politician who is running for president in elections next month, has called on Putin to disclose how many Russians had been killed in Syria and in what circumstances. "I can't give you anything on that". Let's understand that there are a lot of our compatriots in many countries worldwide, and it's quite hard to have detailed information.

"We urge not to use media reports as a primary source in that case". Since a year ago, Russian Federation and Syria have trumpeted their success in regaining control of about 55 percent of Syrian territory. 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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