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Mattis explains why he ordered the 'annihilation' of hundreds of Russian soldiers in Syria

Back in February, reports surfaced that hundreds of Russian mercenaries were killed during an attack on a U.S. base in Syria’s Deir Ezzor region. Read more about the attack here. Yesterday, during a hearing with the the Senate Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense James Mattis explained why he directed the strike.

"The Russian high command in Syria assured us it was not their people, and my direction to the chairman was for the force, then, to be annihilated," said Mattis. "And it was."

Watch the clip above to hear Mattis' unapologetic explanation, along with today’s news in this “4-Minute Buzz.”

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