Russian troops died last week during an attack on a U.S. base in Syria's Deir Ezzor region. At least four Russian nationals were killed in the skirmish, although the real number may be dozens more. A Syrian military officer put the death total at 100 Russian soldiers, but it’s hard to know for sure.
How much do we know so far?
Conflicting reports about the failed attack on Feb. 7 and 8 on a base held by U.S. and Kurdish forces have been slowly trickling in. Two Russians told Bloomberg that 200 Russian contract soldiers were killed, while a U.S. official said 100.
Col. Ryan S. Dillon, a spokesman for the American military, told the New York Times that the attack on the U.S. base and U.S.-backed forces was “unprovoked.”
“Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted, unprovoked attack,” he said.
This isn’t a story we should ignore. Conflict with Russia isn’t new, but the report that around 100 Russian soldiers were killed by U.S. forces is unprecedented.
“The last time we killed a bunch of Russians was … never,” Glenn pointed out.