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31 May 2018, 05:18 | Bernice Figueroa
4 Russian military personnel killed in clashes in Syria's Deir el-Zour
The number of rebel casualties could not immediately be confirmed, but an independent monitor claimed the casualty rate among Russian and Syrian fighters appeared to be higher than the Kremlin has reported. It also said that not all of the slain Russian fighters were government troops.
At first, Russian officials said only four Russian citizens - but perhaps dozens more - had been killed; a Syrian officer said around 100 Syrian soldiers had died.
"Four Russian servicemen were killed by militant fire in the Syrian Arab Republic", the defence ministry said in a statement carried by agencies.
Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the London-based monitoring group, told AFP "several groups" of militants had attacked progovernment forces near the town of Mayadin and that some Russian nationals were with them at the time.
The remaining 26 have been all Syrian forces, he advised AFP.
In the same area, Daesh also said they stormed three Syrian army checkpoints killing eight soldiers and capturing five others.
Two Russian military advisers died on the spot, Russian defence ministry says.
The ministry said the fighting lasted around an hour and left 43 militants dead.
Roughly 40 USA commandos held off about 500 forces loyal to the Syrian government and President Bashar Assad - including Russian mercenaries - in an intense firefight in early February, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing interviews and newly obtained documents.
Despite various statements by Putin's government suggesting that the Russian military had completed its role in the area, it has become an essential pillar for the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. In result of this war, 15 lac people have permanent disabilities and eight six thousand people have lost their limbs.
Terrorists attacked Syrian and Russian troops, and the latter was forced to respond, according to the MoD.
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