Middle East

NYT: Dozens of Russians believed killed in U.S.-backed Syria attack

FILE PHOTO: A view shows damaged buildings in Deir al-Zor

FILE PHOTO: A view shows damaged buildings in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File Photo

The New York Times is reporting four Russian nationals, and dozens more, were killed during clashes between forces loyal to the Syrian government and members of the U.S.-backed coalition fighting the Islamic State, citing Russian and Syrian officials.

According to a Syrian military officer, nearly 100 Syrian soldiers were killed during the fighting that took place between February 7 – 8, while news regarding Russian casualties has slowly been leaking out through social media and Russian news organizations.

The New York-based newspaper reports that much of the details regarding the attack and casualties have “been obscured in the fog of war.”

According to the newspaper’s reporting, Syrian government forces and Russian nationals appear to have launched attacks on a coalition position near Al Tabiyeh, Syria.

The attack reportedly occurred near Deir al-Zour, with most of the casualties occurring during an American airstrike.

The newspaper cited an American military spokesman who claimed that at no point was there a direct conflict between the United States and Russian forces.

(Crusader Journal Staff)

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