Russians killed in US-led Syria attack: Report

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MOSWCOW: At least several private Russian military contractors were killed by a US strike in Syria, Russian media reported on Tuesday in a development that could further inflame Russia-US tensions if officially confirmed. President Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov refrained from commenting on the reports about the deaths last week, saying on Tuesday they need to be verified.

Asked if Putin raised the episode during Monday’s phone conversation with US President Trump, Peskov said the situation in Syria wasn’t discussed during the call. Media said the Russian private contractors were part of pro-government forces that advanced on oil fields in the Deir el-Zour province and were targeted by the US.

The reports cited activists who confirmed that at least four Russian citizens were killed in Syria on Wednesday. US military said last week it launched air and artillery strikes on Syrian government-backed troops after some 300 attackers launched what appeared to be…

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