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Et par hundre russiske soldater ble drept da russerne og syriske regjeringsstyrker gikk til angrep på amerikanerne i det østlige Syria 7. februar, sa CIA-sjef Mike Pompeo under en høring i Kongressen 12 april.

«In Syria, now, a handful of weeks ago the Russians met their match. A couple hundred Russians were killed. The list of actions that this administration has taken…. I’m happy to walk through each of them but I don’t want to take up more time,» he said.

U.S. military commanders had previously said that a massive ground and air assault was launched on February 7 against a column of fighters and weaponry in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor.

The assault was launched immediately after a base housing U.S.-backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces and U.S. military advisers was attacked.

Russerne var leiesoldater tilhørende den såkalte Wagner-gruppen. Hendelsen ble kjent nokså umiddelbart, men det er første gang en toppleder står frem og avslører at flere hundre russere ble drept. Moskva har ikke ønsket å kommentere hendelsen.

Pompeo er i høringer for å bli ny utenriksminister.

Han sa Putin ennå ikke har fått budskapet: Det trengs skarpere lut.

But he said Russian President Vladimir Putin «has not yet received the message sufficiently and we need to continue to work at that.»

 

CIA Director: ‘Couple Hundred Russians’ Killed In February U.S. Assault In Syria

 

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