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The US says 200 Russian mercenaries died in battle in Syria

A Syrian tank was hit by a bomb during the battle on February 7.

The Pentagon last week released a detailed report on the fighting between Russian mercenaries and US special forces at a gas plant in eastern Syria in February. The US military confirmed that this was one of the battles.

In the report, the US Department of Defense described this as a self-defense battle against pro-Syrian government forces.

In the days before the battle, commanders of both sides clearly informed each other’s locations through hotlines.

The US military repeatedly warned of signs of a large gathering of gunmen near the banks of the Euphrates River, but the Russian military affirmed that it did not control this force, even though US reconnaissance vehicles detected them communicating in Russian.

`The Russian command in Syria confirmed that these were not their troops. I instructed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford to order the destruction of this force,` US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said.

4 hours of confrontation between US special forces and Russian mercenaries in Syria

Location of Deir Ezzor province, also known as Deir al-Zour, Syria.

On the morning of February 7, there was no sign of an impending bloody war.

At a support base 30 km away, a group of Green Berets and a platoon of US Marines attentively monitored screens displaying data about the Conoco factory, as well as enemy activity by aircraft.

At 3:00 p.m. the same day, pro-Syrian government forces began approaching the Conoco factory.

At the US air force operations coordination center in Qatar and the Pentagon, officers and intelligence analysts continuously monitor new developments.

On the ground, US special forces and marines established a quick reaction team of 16 people riding in four mine-resistant armored vehicles, ready to support forces at the Conoco factory.

At 8:30 p.m., three T-72 tanks were only about 1.5 km from the Conoco factory.

Tanks, artillery and mortars from pro-Syrian government forces fired heavily at the US outpost.

4 hours of confrontation between US special forces and Russian mercenaries in Syria

A Russian mercenary unit in Syria in 2017. Photo: Twitter.

After 15 minutes of fighting, US military officials urged the Russian side to stop the attack but failed.

The US then deployed MQ-9 Reaper drones, F-22 stealth fighters, F-15E fighter jets, B-52 bombers, AC-130 attack aircraft and AH-64 Apache helicopters from

This group of fighter jets conducted consecutive air strikes against pro-Syrian government forces.

Right from the first salvos, the US air force and artillery destroyed most of the enemy’s combat vehicles.

The leaked communication tape between members of the Russian mercenary group later showed that strong US firepower had shredded the squad, not giving them a chance to counterattack, or even defend to reduce the situation.

Faced with intense fire, Russian mercenaries could only run around and desperately wait for the American planes to withdraw.

The rapid response team now accelerated towards the battle site.

4 hours of confrontation between US special forces and Russian mercenaries in Syria

US special forces deployed to Syria in early 2016. Photo: AFP.

At 1 a.m. on February 8, when the artillery fire gradually subsided, the rapid response team arrived at the Conoco outpost and began shooting.

The total number of American soldiers on the ground at this time is only about 40 people.

An hour later, the enemy withdrew and American soldiers stopped attacking, creating conditions for Russian mercenaries and Syrian militia to clean up the battlefield.

Analysts assess the failure of Russian mercenaries and Syrian militias to be due to tactical mistakes, using a large but too simple formation to attack the US base.

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