Time to Start Paying Attention: The US Just Bombed Russians in Syria

(ANTIMEDIA)  Pro-government forces in Syria attacked by the U.S.-led coalition on Wednesday included “Russian mercenaries,” according to a Pentagon official, CBS reports.

If true, CBS notes, this incident would mark the first time a U.S. airstrike has killed Russians in Syria.

Update: The Russian Defense Ministry, in a statement, said there were no Russian military personnel in that particular area.

The attack on pro-government forces allegedly took place in response to an “unprovoked attack” by Syrian forces against what CNN termed “a well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters where coalition advisers were working with US-backed Syrian fighters.”

CBS reports that according to Pentagon officials, Russia was not looking to attack the U.S. military presence but had its sights set on a lucrative oil field nearby, which the SDF had seized from ISIS.

The coalition claimed to have killed at least 100 Syrian troops in response to an attack that killed zero U.S. personnel or Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters.

On Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, living up to his nickname “Mad Dog,” said the situation was “perplexing” and that he had “no idea why they would attack.” If another country had invaded the United States and set up bases of its own, one can imagine how the U.S. government would direct its military to respond. Most likely, such a scenario would not be so perplexing if the tables were turned against the U.S. government.

Mattis also said he was not aware of any Russian casualties.

Unsurprisingly, Russia immediately condemned the U.S. strike and its overall military presence in general, noting that it is illegal.  Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said he told the U.N. Security Council that the attacks on Syrian forces were “inadmissible” and “deplorable” and that they cannot be repeated regardless of any justification by his American counterparts.

He added that “to confront those who really fight the international terrorists on the ground, on the Syrian side, is criminal.”

In April last year, a report published by the London-based IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center, a leading security analysis agency, found that the Syrian government and its associated allies were the most heavily engaged force fighting ISIS on the ground in Syria. Despite the various allegations against the Assad government, what Nebenzia is saying about the U.S. targeting government troops who are in the business of fighting terrorists has some basis in reality.

It is not clear if Russia has a retaliation of its own in mind, but we would do well to remember that when similar incidents took place last year, Russia indicated that they would begin targeting U.S. jets if they had to. Almost immediately after this stark warning, Australia pulled its planes out of its air missions in Syria, a signal that the situation had, indeed, become quite volatile.

In a bid to avoid further bloodshed, the U.N. has now called for an immediate 30-day cease-fire to deliver aid and evacuate the critically ill, but the U.N. Security Council took no immediate action.

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In what can only be described as satire in real-life, the U.S. has also echoed the call for a month-long violence-free period in Syria even though they have spent billions of dollars contributing to it.

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  • Necrophagist

    Change inmediatly the title of that article The Russian Defense Ministry denied that statement according to a report from the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA.Here’s the link https://sana.sy/en/?p=126670

    In the same context, Russian Defense Ministry declared that the coalition forces’ aggression showed once again that the real objective of the illegal presence of the US forces in Syria is not actually fighting against Daesh (ISIS) rather it is to seize and take over the economic assets that belong to the Syrian Arab Republic.

    The Ministry, in a statement, affirmed that there are no Russian military personnel in that particular area of Deir Ezzor.
    This is why I stopped following you on FB with those clickbait articles not even the CBS report confirms it If Russians are among those who were killed, this would mark the first time a U.S. airstrike has killed Russians in Syria, CBS News’ David Martin reports.

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      • Necrophagist

        Still need to be confirmed !
        Moscow has insisted that it had no uniformed military personnel in the area, but Russian private military contractors have provided significant forces in support of the Assad government.

        • It’s up for debate.

          “But at least two Russian men fighting informally with pro-government forces were killed in the incident in Deir al-Zor province, their associates told Reuters on Monday.

          One of the dead was named as Vladimir Loginov, a Cossack from Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave. Maxim Buga, a leader of the Cossack community there, said Loginov had been killed around Feb. 7 along with “dozens” of other Russian fighters.

          The other man killed was named as Kirill Ananiev, described as a radical Russian nationalist. Alexander Averin, a spokesman for the nationalist party he was linked to, told Reuters Ananiev had been killed in shelling in the same fighting on Feb. 7.”

          • Necrophagist

            From reuters article Itself “Reuters was unable to independently confirm either man’s death”

            And the guys from Anti-Media is swallowing US war propaganda
            A quote from the article “main casualties in the US-led coalition airstrikes on the SAA. The tribe confirmed this claim soon after in an official statement.

            The statements of Nebenzia, Mattis, al-Bakara and the lack of any real evidence didn’t put an end to this wave of claims. On the contrary some, Syrian opposition news outlet went on and claimed on February 9 that over 130 Russian PMCs were killed in the February 8 airstrikes.

            The claims didn’t stop there. As several opposition sources reported that the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC) backed by the US-led coalition launched an attack against the SAA on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River and captured the village of al-Tabiyah.

            However, these claims were not confirmed by the US-led coalition or the DMC itself. Moreover, US Department of Defense spokesperson Dana White said on February 8 that the US-led coalition is not looking to start a conflict with the SAA and the Damascus government.

            These reports about “Russian casualties” in the US-led coalitio airstrikes against the SAA are another example of the ongoing propaganda war, which is an important part of the Syrian conflict.”
            Basically some guys at Anti-Media are the stupid-Media clickbait
            Faith blind is dangerous even with Independent media,nowadays I fact check them earlier I only did it a bit and trusted some of them completely but I always have a little doubt behind them just in case If it turned out to be false.
            The guys at South Front are real independent media unlike The “Anti”-Media who just goes wildly sharing false info about Russians that have never been confirmed

          • Necrophagist

            But are these confirmed as PMCs?According to that info It they just seem Russian volunteers to me rather than PMCs