Kremlin is aloof as wounded return after US Syria battle

US forces drive their armored vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah

The pro-Assad forces were most likely trying to capture oilfields in the region that had been liberated from the Islamic State group in September 2017, the coalition had said last week. They have nothing to gain by fighting us. The 500-person attack also involved artillery, multiple-launch rockets systems and mortars. The Syrian advance was rebuffed by an immediate and intense USA response, which included a three-hour assault by AC-130 Hercules gunships, F-15 strike fighters, F-22 stealth fighters, Apache helicopters and US Marine artillery. It also quoted Alexander Averin, the leader of extreme leftist group Another Russia, saying that one of its activists, Kirill Ananyev, was killed by the United States strike near Khusham, where the USA said its counterattack occurred.

A USA jet operating in Syria destroyed a Russian-made T-72 battle tank near Al Tabiyeh, Syria, on Saturday, a Pentagon representative confirmed to Business Insider on Tuesday.

The Pentagon has confirmed that it destroyed a pro-government tank in eastern Syria on Sunday, marking the second USA attack on Syrian forces in a week and raising concerns about a serious military confrontation in the country.

The drone strike marks the second time in a week that U.S. forces have carried out "defensive" airstrikes against government forces in Syria, leading some to speculate about the likelihood of a major military confrontation between the United States and Syrian forces and their allies.

"It's very likely that the Americans have taken a course of dividing the country".

The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed the death of five Russian nationals in the US-led coalition's strike in Syria, but their citizenship has yet to be verified. "Coalition officials maintained regular contact with Russian counterparts via established de-confliction lines to avoid misperceptions and miscalculations that could endanger each other's forces".

As a result of the airstrike by Russian warplanes the hospital in Hass village is out of service, the health minister in Syria's pro-opposition government Firas Jundi said.

Putin, with Iran's help, turned the tide of the seven-year war by committing air- and manpower to buoy Assad's beleaguered forces in 2015, quieting US calls for the Syrian leader's immediate removal.

A Pentagon spokesman reached Thursday said they had no additional information to provide on last week's clash.

"The Kremlin does not have specific detailed information that would allow us to draw any conclusions. As it came closer they were notified when the firing began". The deaths follow unconfirmed reports of scores that died during an American airstrike on a pro-Assad force assault on an oil complex held by anti-regime elements supported by the American coalition. Other reports suggest that more than 200 were killed, with a number of news outlets saying the militants were made up of Russian mercenaries.

Unconfirmed Russian social media sources claim that two units of private military contractors were "massacred", with one reportedly being completely wiped out, while the other was "cut to pieces" by the US onslaught.



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