Militant shelling kills 4 Russian soldiers in Syria

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

Polygraph.info was unable to confirm whether or not the shelling incident in Mayadeen last week killed four Russian servicemen, as the Russian Defense Ministry claimed, or at least nine Russian servicemen, as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed.

The Russian statement came two days after Isis said its fighters launched a surprise attack on Wednesday from two axes on a joint Syrian/Russian convoy west of the town of al-Mayadeen, killing 15 Syrian and Russian soldiers.

The defence ministry in Moscow said Sunday four Russian servicemen had been killed in clashes with militants in Deir Ezzor.

The fighting erupted after several groups of rebels attacked an artillery battery of the Syrian army, the ministry said.

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The defense Ministry reported that the fighting lasted about an hour, the result was eliminated 43 militants.

A war monitoring group however, has put the death toll of Russian forces at nine.

The pro-Syrian-government force also included Russian-made tanks and armoured vehicles.

"IS is trying to take the initiative and show it can still threaten the regime and its allies despite the losses it suffered in other areas", said Abdel Rahman.

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In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a "significant part" of Moscow's military presence in Syria to begin withdrawing from the country, saying their objective had been achieved.

Russian Federation has been a staunch backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia has backed Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in the conflict which involves rebels and Western countries but there are reports that besides the Russian military, private Russian mercenaries are also operating on the ground as aides to the Syrian regime, the report added.

Russian Federation has lost about 90 personnel in the civil war.

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Terrorists attacked Syrian and Russian troops, and the latter was forced to respond, according to the MoD.

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