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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
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U.S. Forces Said to Kill Russian Mercenaries in Syria
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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 in the fighting at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured, but was unable to say how many were Russians.