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.
Deir Ezzor region and is occupied mainly by U.S. and Kurdish forces, last week they came under attack at a U.S. held base, by roughly 400 soldiers most of which were Russian mercenaries that are contracted by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
Colonel Thomas F. Veale, the United States military spokesman, provided the following intel on the failed attack:
February 7th, 5 miles East of the Euphrates River de-confliction line, pro-Assad forces fired rounds and advanced in a Battalion formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars.
The United States responded with aircraft and artillery fire.
Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted, unprovoked attack.
No fatalities on the United States and coalition side and enemy vehicles that turned around and headed back west were not targeted.”
United States Officials in the region said approximately 100 dead with another 200-300 injured in the failed attack.
Russian officials have denied that Russian military had anything to do with the attack and they had no knowledge of any Russian mercs in the region.
Secretary of Defense Mattis stated that the hole the scenario is perplexing, but would not go into further detail.
In what is believed to be the deadliest incident between Russian and U.S. citizens since the Cold War, Russia’s Dmitry Peskov, President Putin’s spokesman, stated:
“Russian military disavows any responsibility for the attack in the Deir al-Zour region. That the Kremlin only tracks Russian military data in the region.”
U.S. military spokesperson appeared to accept that claim in a statement. No U.S. coalition casualties have been reported from the attack, but the death toll from the mercenary side is still rising, with soldiers being treated in hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Russian media is reporting that a shadowy organization known as Russias answer to Americas Baclkwater group, the Russian group is called Academi, was hired by the Syrian leader.
Academi was reportedly only in the region to guard Assad’s energy assets in exchange for oil concessions.
“No one wants to start a world war over a volunteer or a mercenary who wasn’t sent by the state and was hit by Americans.” ~ Russian Government Senior Advisor to Syria Vitaly Naumkin
The blunt truth is that Russia signed an agreement with Assad in January 2018 to aid in rebuilding Assad’s energy grid and are after contracts to refurbish oil refineries and damaged oil pipelines.
Russia accuses the United States of using its “illegal presence” in Syria as an excuse to seize economic assets.
Assad has called the United States actions in Syria as well as the United States actions against the failed attack, war crimes and barbaric.
“If there has been mass deaths of Russian citizens in Syria, then the relevant authorities, including the general staff of the Russian armed forces, have a duty to inform the country about this and decide who bears responsibility.” ~ Grigory Yavlinsky
What is far more likely is that these “mercenaries” were used as pawns to pressure the Russian government to threaten the United States and to potentially use Russian military to force the United States out of Syria all together.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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