United States forces kill Kremlin mercenaries in battle for Syrian oilfields

United States forces kill Kremlin mercenaries in battle for Syrian oilfields

United States forces kill Kremlin mercenaries in battle for Syrian oilfields

The United States is still unsure who directed a February 7 attack on USA and US -backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved.

The Russian foreign ministry, which previously said that five Russian citizens were likely killed, today released a statement that "there are also several dozen of injured" in the attack.

The Pentagon has said that air strikes launched after as many as 500 pro-government forces attacked the base killed about 100 of the attackers.

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Russian Federation has acknowledged that five of its citizens were killed in the US-led coalition bombing after they were part of a group of pro-regime combatants which led an attack on positions held by the SDF.

"So, whatever happened, we'll try to figure it out". We'll work with, obviously, anyone who can answer that question, but I cannot, at this time.

After US-backed rebels clashed with Russian mercenaries earlier this month, Moscow is warning Washington against "playing with fire" in Syria. "But they took direction from someone".

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"[The United States] involved the units of the Kurdish Democratic Union party in their position to undermine Syria's territorial integrity, in fact, which led to an escalation of tensions with Turkey", Lavrov said, adding that the United States should stop "playing very unsafe games, which will lead to the disintegration of the Syrian state".

"There are Russian citizens in Syria, who went there on their own accord and with different goals", the statement said, adding that it was not the task of the ministry to assess the legitimacy of such decisions. There are no Russian military servicemen in that area, Russia's Defense Ministry said. Was it from external sources?

Last year, the Associated Press reported that a Russian company linked to Wagner had been promised 25 per cent of profits from oil and gas fields captured from militant control. Don't ask me, I don't know.

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The military began a partial withdrawal from Syria in December on orders by President Vladimir Putin, soon after Syrian troops completed the destruction of the main Islamic State terrorist forces in the war-torn country.

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