A battle took place at a US Base in Syria last week that turns out to have been between American troops on one side, and fighters working for a private company on the other side. Those fighters happened to be from Russia and the Ukraine.
So, in Syria, last week, American fighters did battle with Russian and Ukrainian fighters.
After the dust settled, the numbers are, as you can expect, conflicting. The US is claiming that 100 Russian fighters were killed during the failed assault on the US base.
|US reportedly killed as many as 100 Russian fighters in Syria attack|
American-backed military forces killed as many as 100 Russian mercenaries during an attack on a US-held base in Syria last week, according to a report on Tuesday.
Scores of troops, mostly a mix of Russians and Ukrainians fighting on the side of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, stormed the base held by US and Kurdish forces in the Deir Ezzor region, Bloomberg News reported.
Two Russians told the website that 200 of their countrymen died in the failed assault, but a US official said the death toll was about 100 with another 200 to 300 wounded.
No US casualties were reported.
The clash is believed to be the deadliest incident between US and Russian citizens since the end of the Cold War.
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