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Mercenaries Hurt in U.S. Syria Strikes Treated at Russian Defense Hospitals

  • Mercenaries said to be taken to Russian military hospitals
  • Russia denies link to fighters who struck U.S.-backed forces
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Even as the Kremlin denies any official link to them, scores of Russian mercenaries wounded in U.S. strikes in Syria are being treated at Defense Ministry hospitals.

The wounded were brought to military hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg, according to two people in contact with them, after more than 200 fighters died in last week’s failed assault on a base held by U.S.-backed forces in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor region. The death toll’s rising as some of the wounded succumb to their injuries, according to one of the people.