damascus - US forces have killed dozens of Russian mercenaries in Syria last week. That means an American official and three Russians who are familiar with the case.
More than two hundred mercenary soldiers, mainly Russians who fought in the name of the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, were killed in a failed attack on a base and a refinery of American troops and their allies in the oil-rich region of Deir Ezzor, said two of the Russians. The American official kept the number of dead in a hundred, with two hundred to three hundred wounded.
Many of the Russians who have been killed or injured are veterans from the conflict in Ukraine. This was reported by Alexander Ionov, the head of an organization financed by the Kremlin that links with separatists who fought in Syria together with pro-Assad troops.
The attack once again underlined the complexity in the Syrian conflict. It started as a domestic repression, but turned into a war in which Islamic extremists, stateless Kurds, the regional powers of Iran, Turkey and now also Israel are involved.