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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:17 AM

U.S. Strikes Killed Scores of Russia Fighters in Syria, Sources Say

•American, rebel forces repel attack by mercenaries in the east
•The 200-plus deaths dwarf official Russian toll in the war

February 13, 2018, 5:38 AM EST Updated on February 13, 2018, 9:37 AM EST

Russian soldiers in Deir Ezzor, on Sept. 15, 2017. Photographer: Dominique Derda/AFP via Getty Images
U.S. forces killed scores of Russian mercenaries in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War, according to one U.S. official and three Russians familiar with the matter.

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. and mainly Kurdish forces in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region, two of the Russians said. The U.S. official put the death toll at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured.



The Russian assault may have been a rogue operation, underscoring the complexity of a conflict that started as a domestic crackdown only to morph into a proxy war involving Islamic extremists, stateless Kurds and regional powers Iran, Turkey and now Israel. Russia’s military said it had nothing to do with the attack and the U.S. accepted the claim. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the whole thing “perplexing,” but provided no further details.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, declined to comment on reports of Russian casualties, saying the Kremlin only tracks data on the country’s armed forces. Putin talked with U.S. President Donald Trump by phone Monday, but the military action in Syria wasn’t discussed, he said.

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

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-13/u-s-strikes-said-to-kill-scores-of-russian-fighters-in-syria

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RCW2014 Feb 2018 OP
Badsamm Feb 2018 #1
Banshee 3 Actual Feb 2018 #4
Charlie Mike Feb 2018 #6
RCW2014 Feb 2018 #9
Charlie Mike Feb 2018 #10
Iron Condor Feb 2018 #12
Banshee 3 Actual Feb 2018 #13
oflguy Feb 2018 #16
RCW2014 Feb 2018 #20
oflguy Feb 2018 #21
RCW2014 Feb 2018 #24
FreeWheelBurning Feb 2018 #14
oflguy Feb 2018 #15
Badsamm Feb 2018 #17
oflguy Feb 2018 #18
Badsamm Feb 2018 #22
oflguy Feb 2018 #23
Badsamm Feb 2018 #26
oflguy Feb 2018 #27
Banshee 3 Actual Feb 2018 #19
Cobra jet Feb 2018 #25
oflguy Feb 2018 #28
Cobra jet Feb 2018 #29
_eek Feb 2018 #2
Cobra jet Feb 2018 #3
cologeek Feb 2018 #8
Cobra jet Feb 2018 #11
WhiskeyMakesMeHappy Feb 2018 #5
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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:41 AM

1. Well I wont being shedding a tear for dead US troops when they start coming home in bags

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 12:27 PM

4. Screenshot for posterity If ever you didn't show before your loyalties wishing death on US soldiers

You now show what a craven cur you are

I'll take the hide as a badge of fucking honor

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 01:07 PM

6. Notice he has no complaint about Russian mercenaries.

In his eyes the Russians have the right to send mercenaries to protect Russian power grabs but the US has no right to kill terrorists in general or mercenaries attacking their troops in particular.

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Response to Charlie Mike (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 03:52 PM

9. The Russians are invited onto Syria soil, the crusading U.S. isn't and are there illegally without

authority of the sovereign country of Syria.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:51 PM

10. If Syria has no control over territory how can they call it Syrian territory?

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:36 AM

12. Illegal aliens are here in our country against our sovereignty

I say the U.S. soldiers in Syria ought to be granted (DACA) Dreamer Status.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:52 AM

13. Tell it to the Ukrainians, russia invaded their sovereign soil

Where was the Invite from Kiev?

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 09:51 AM

16. We all know which side you pull for, RC

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Response to oflguy (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 04:47 PM

20. Like I'm trying to hide it. The Russians are good, hardworking people that aren't obsessing over

"trans-gendered" bathrooms in schools which they send their kids. Wonder what the murder count was in Moscow last weekend compared to Chicago???

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 05:42 PM

21. I'm not talking about Russians

I'm talking about Muslim terrorists

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Response to oflguy (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 06:00 PM

24. I'm in no frame of mind to wear my turban tonight.... Maybe tomorrow.

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 09:12 AM

14. Tell us something we didn't already know. NT

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 09:46 AM

15. I saved that post for you Sam

to remind you who gives you the freedom to post in this forum

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Response to oflguy (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 01:09 PM

17. Is that what they are doing in Syria, protecting my speech?

They are mercenaries for multinational corporations.

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 01:10 PM

18. They protect your speech each and every day

But you don't understand that.

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Response to oflguy (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 05:57 PM

22. why dont you explain to us how Assad is threatening my free speech

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 06:00 PM

23. Your hate-filled post is about the death of American soldiers, not Assad

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Response to oflguy (Reply #23)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 07:33 PM

26. I didnt think you would be able to explain anything as usual.

And no I don’t put American corporate mercenaries before the lives of innocent Syrians or Lybians or Afgahns just because we share a flag.

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #26)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 07:50 PM

27. You are confused, you need to go back and read the story

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 01:41 PM

19. Much better to be a mercenary for Mother russia, and Putin the great, eh tovarish?

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 07:10 PM

25. What?

 

You don't believe They's is fightin for our fweedoms? That danged old Assad was trying to take over merica.

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Response to Cobra jet (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 07:51 PM

28. You rejoice over dead American soldiers too?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #28)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 10:45 PM

29. Rejoice?

 

Ha ha, that's so dumb

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:50 AM

2. Guess we need to stop targeting the booze stock piles

and nurseries...

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 12:00 PM

3. Deadly clash?

 

No deaths or casualites on US side? 200 killed 200 to 300 injured on the other side? In a failed attack? Either the Russians are the worst shots in the world. Or they wasn't attacking shit. And just got the piss bombed out of them for being in the wrong place.

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Response to Cobra jet (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 01:51 PM

8. Disappointed in the lack of dead Americans bro?

Probably under/untrained conscripts who are poorly led attacking a fortified position held by the opposite end of that spectrum. That sort of thing rarely results in anything but a slaughter.

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Response to cologeek (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 01:40 AM

11. Where did you get that idea?

 

And I'm damn sure not your bro.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 12:48 PM

5. Was this because Trump is a Putin puppet, or an Israeli puppet?

Have the talking points gone out to lefty on this yet?

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 01:37 PM

7. Good. The fewer Putinistas the better

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