Russia: "US aims to stay in Syria forever"

According to Fontanka website, which has chronicled the involvement of private military contractors in Syria, Wagner is associated with a Russian company Yevro Polis, which has signed a deal with the Syrian government.

"The president is not at the wheel of the U.S".

"I think they've cornered themselves by declarations about precise data on Russian meddling and now they are trying to at least some retroactive justifications but still they are floundering", he said. For more than three hours, American F-15E attack jets, B-52 strategic bombers, AC-130 gunships, Apache attack helicopters and Reaper drones fired on the attacking force, killing about 100 attackers and destroying an unspecified number of artillery guns and battle tanks, said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of US air forces in the Middle East.

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".

The Russian-led troops reportedly sought to find out how the US would react to the encroachment into what should be a neutral zone.

So how do we know the Russians attacked USA forces in Deir ez-Zor deliberately?

The good news is that the USA response was swift and brutal. CNN also reported that HIMARS and MQ-9 drones were used in the attack.

"I understand that the Russian government now is saying some of their not military forces, but contractors, were involved in that still unexplained attack", Mattis said.

An anonymous source told Reuters that Bloomberg's report that 300 Russians died was "broadly correct".

Assad's government in Damascus called the US military action "barbaric" and a "war crime".

The Pentagon maintains that only one SDF fighter was injured in the attack.

The wounded, who have been medically evacuated from Syria in the past few days, have been sent to four Russian military hospitals, according to five sources familiar with the matter.

"If our bill would be passed, everyone would know who is fighting where". "That's to say, constant screams, shouts", Shabayev told Reuters.

An instructor with the Syrian Democratic Forces observes a Syrian Arab trainee clear his rifle during small arms training in Northern Syria, July 31, 2017.

Russian Federation has given President Bashar al-Assad's government crucial support throughout the 7-year-old war in Syria, which began with a government crackdown on protests.

The clashes show Moscow is more deeply involved in Syria militarily than it has said, and risks being drawn into direct confrontation with the United States in Syria.

As the U.S.'s declared mission in Syria of fighting ISIS nears completion, its other motives have taken center stage. The assault last week on Deir Ezzor with mercenaries was a chance to again probe for a USA response.

If you've been listening just to the Kremlin and the Pentagon, you probably didn't know that Russian Federation attacked American forces and their allies in Syria last week, suffering heavy casualties.

Vanessa Coleman