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United States drone destroys Russian-made tank in Syria

United States drone destroys Russian-made tank in Syria

An unknown number of private Russian military contractors were killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, Russian media reported Tuesday in a development that could further inflame Russia-U.S. tensions.

Last week, CBS television reported that the Syrian pro-government forces, which allegedly attacked the headquarters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria's Deir ez-Zor province on February 7, included Russian citizens.

Concern has mounted in recent weeks that United States forces and their allies might come into direct contact with Russian troops amid an increasingly confused military situation in Syria.

He added no US personnel were killed or wounded, though one member of the Syrian Democratic forces was injured.

Asked about the killing of Russian mercenaries in Syria, CIA Director Mike Pompeo told a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington Tuesday that he would leave specifics to the Pentagon but "we have seen in multiple instances foreign forces using mercenaries in battles that will begin to approach the United States". "Russian officials assured coalition officials they would not engage coalition forces in the vicinity".

"Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted, unprovoked attack", said Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the us military.

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"The tank had been maneuvering with coordinated indirect fire on a defensive position occupied by Syrian Democratic Forces and Coalition advisers", said US Marine Corps Maj. "We only handle the data that concerns Russian forces servicemen", Peskov was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

This incident comes at an odd time for the two countries.

Russian media also cited unconfirmed claims that overall casualties could have been as high as 200 and Russians could have accounted for the bulk of them. We all need to be crystal clear about that.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone Monday, but neither side publicly mentioned Syria as a subject of their call. The official, however, could not say how many of those who died were Russians.

Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, said the coalition had spoken with Russian Federation via a special hotline prior to the strike "to avoid misperceptions and miscalculations that could endanger each other's forces". This latest incident has led experts to speculate about whether there is an Iranian-Israeli war on the horizon.

The journalist informed that no USA serviceman was injured. Similar to Lebanon's civil war a few decades earlier, regional powers have seized on the unrest to wage their own proxy wars, and sometimes waded in directly. "For both our forces on the ground and. for our forces in the air, this environment requires the professionalism and discipline of a force that's able to manage and understand the environment in such that we can make timely decisions and understand how were going to protect ourselves, and get after the ISIS fight".