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General Category => World News => Topic started by: TomSea on February 13, 2018, 11:47:12 AM

Title: Daily Beast: Report: U.S. Forces Killed More Than 200 Russian Fighters in Syria Attack
Post by: TomSea on February 13, 2018, 11:47:12 AM
These are reported to be "mercenaries" but still, a large number.

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1. WHAT HAPPENED?
Report: U.S. Forces Killed More Than 200 Russian Fighters in Syria Attack

Hundreds of Russian mercenaries were reportedly killed by U.S. forces in a failed attack on a U.S.-held military base and refinery last week. Citing U.S. and Russian sources, Bloomberg News reported more than 200 contract killers—mostly Russian citizens fighting for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—died in what is believed to be the deadliest incident between Russian and U.S. citizens since the Cold War. Russia’s military has disowned any responsibility for the attack in the Deir al-Zour region and a U.S. military spokesperson appeared to accept that claim in a statement.

Read more at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-us-forces-killed-more-than-200-russian-fighters-in-syria-attack (https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-us-forces-killed-more-than-200-russian-fighters-in-syria-attack)
Title: Re: Daily Beast: Report: U.S. Forces Killed More Than 200 Russian Fighters in Syria Attack
Post by: TomSea on February 13, 2018, 11:58:24 AM
We are getting a different story on what happened in this incident of a few days ago:

War Is Boring website has:
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The U.S. Military Bushwacked Iranian Forces in Syria
Tom Cooper

In early February 2018, Syrian regime forces moved to take over oil fields near Dayr Az Zayr that U.S.-backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces group had seized from Islamic State in September 2017.

The United States responded with a devastating bombardment that killed scores of pro-regime troops.

The Syrian force was a hodgepodge of available militias. According to unofficial reports, it included nominally “loyalist” controlled by Liwa Al Baqir, a Syrian group answering to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Read more at: http://warisboring.com/the-u-s-military-bushwacked-iranian-troops-in-syria/ (http://warisboring.com/the-u-s-military-bushwacked-iranian-troops-in-syria/)

The first post has news though, we are getting only today.
Title: Re: Daily Beast: Report: U.S. Forces Killed More Than 200 Russian Fighters in Syria Attack
Post by: skeeter on February 13, 2018, 12:02:17 PM
The War is Boring version seems more credible.
Title: Re: Daily Beast: Report: U.S. Forces Killed More Than 200 Russian Fighters in Syria Attack
Post by: TomSea on February 13, 2018, 12:22:15 PM
The War is boring article is now, from yesterday. I heard Fox Radio News reporting this, though not with the 200 Russians which may well be an overstated figure, it might be much smaller.

Though, I'm not on the Russian side, I hate seeing catastrophes like this. Note, the Daily Beast story says the Russian military takes no responsibility for this attack.