US forces 'killed scores of Russian fighters in Syria while defending position'

Syrian pro-government members hold a position as they stand on the back of an armoured vehicle in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor

However, Harrigian refused to speculate on the composition of the hostile force. I don't have any reporting that some Russians, non-Russian Federation soldiers, but Russian contractors, were among the casualties.

United States officials added that the Russian government had lodged no complaint about its citizens being killed.

The Russian citizens are fighting in Syria for a private military company, according to numerous reports.

On Saturday, Israeli fighters bombed Syrian and Iranian military forces after an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace.

The US has been training, equipping and backing the SDF rebels in Syria's civil war for years as Russian Federation has provided similar assistance to pro-regime forces in close proximity.

"Coalition forces shot a T-72 tank near Tebiye on Feb.10, acting for self-defense", said U.S. Colonel Ryan Dillon, adding that pro-regime forces had fired on U.S. special operation forces and SDF fighters near the same region.

Most of those killed and injured were Russian and Ukrainian, many of them veterans of the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to Alexander Ionov, who runs a Kremlin-funded group that fosters ties to separatists and who's personally fought alongside pro-government forces in Syria.

At no point, a USA military spokesman said, was there any chance of direct conflict between US and Russian ground forces. I can't give you anything on that.

USA officials say hundreds of fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attacked positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the town of Khursham in the Deir al-Zour province. Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of USA air forces in the Middle East, told reporters a broad range of US air power was unleashed.

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A number of Russian fighters were reportedly killed by coalition airstrikes and artillery attacks on pro-government forces in Deir Ezzor last week, Agence France-Presse reported Monday. "We have not received that word at Central Command or at the Pentagon", he told a media briefing on Tuesday.

The death toll from the skirmish, already about five times more than Russia's official losses in Syria, is still rising, according to one mercenary commander who said by phone that dozens of his wounded men are still being treated at military hospitals in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

"I also think it is essential to account publicly on interactions with the United States since the danger of an accidental or intentional direct military engagement between Russian Federation and the United States is growing", Yavlinsky said in a statement.

Also beyond doubt is the ferocious scale of the US attack on February 7, in response to what the USA military called a barrage of artillery and tank fire from several hundred "pro-regime" fighters in Deir el-Zour province, an area in eastern Syria where remnants of the Islamic State have converged among oil fields.

One of the dead was named as Vladimir Loginov, a Cossack from Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

Russian opposition politician Grigory Yavlinsky, urged Mr Putin to come clean to using mercenaries to defend Syrian president Bashar-al-Assad.

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Over the weekend, reports emerged on Russian blogs and elsewhere that an unknown number of Russian contract soldiers were killed.

Mattis called the situation "perplexing", noting that the reported attack on the SDF base, which allegedly brought about the deadly American retaliation, "makes no sense, it does not appear to be anything coordinated by the Russians".

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