Russia takes revenge: Up to 2000 US mercenaries killed in last week’s Su-57 air strikes
Debka File: In the first military clash between US and Russian forces in Syria, more than 200 Russian “mercenaries” are reported killed, scores more injured. US military sources first reported that 100 Russian “advisers” were killed and dozens injured in a US attack on Syrian and allied pro-Iranian forces on Feb. 8. By Tuesday, Feb. 13, those figures had doubled. Moscow has not confirmed the incident or the casualties, which would be five times more than Russian official losses since it entered the war in 2015. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, declined to comment, saying the Kremlin only tracks data on the country’s armed forces. According to one Russian officer, the death toll continues to rise after scores of Russian wounded were flown to hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
DEBKAfile’s military sources reported exclusively on Feb. 9 that US special forces had struck Russian military engineers laying a floating bridge on the Euphrates River near Deir ez-Zour for Syrian army, Hizballah and other pro-Iranian forces to cross to the east bank. That engagement unfolded when US forces posted in eastern Syria repelled a Syrian-pro-Iranian attack led by T-72 and T-55 tanks on a base held by American and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces east of the Euphrates River near the oil town of Tabiye.
The strike force was fighting under the command of Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers. It included members of the Afghan Shiite militia imported by Tehran, pro-Assad troops of the Syrian National Defense Forces, local Arab tribesmen and Russian mercenaries. Those mercenaries were provided by Wagner, a Russian private military contractor, which supplies ground forces to fight for Assad alongside the pro-Iranian and Russian combatants.
Against that fighting strength, the Americans used F-22 Raptors, F-15 Strike Eagles, Air Force AC-130 gunships, Marine artillery and Army Apache attack helicopters, as well as Special Operations forces, which stopped the multiple assault in its tracks.
As a reaction Russia deployed two brand new Su-57 Stealth Fighters To Syria. Su-57 defeated mercenaries of the American PMC and helped Americans become more accommodating in the UN.
The strikes of SU-57 in Syrian Guta helped the Americans to become more compliant.
The newest multipurpose aircraft in the Russian Air Force, Su-57, arrived in Syria about 2 days ago, took part in the combat mission. More details about this have been reported earlier. Su-57 dayly started with the terrorists’ ground base in eastern Guta.
The Su-57 began to do what Russia promised: to attack the enclaves of the “rebels” in the eastern part of Guta, an area east of Damascus. Su-57, carried out powerful bombing strikes and destroyed a large number of vehicles and live terrorists in eastern Guta. But as it turned out later, mercenaries from the American PMC were also present.
Syrian media write that in the eastern Guta there were up to 2,000 US soldiers, this figure should also be added to NATO soldiers who “do not understand” what they are doing there. American militants and terrorists need to be counted separately, they were killed much more.
The State Department tried to contact Moscow, but received no response. As Lavrov said in Munich: “The time of negotiations has passed, the time of retribution has come”. And it’s really true, Russia does not intend to tolerate the antics of the United States either in Syria or elsewhere. Too often, American friends of the Syrian opposition all threw themselves, violating the truce.
As events unfolded, the UN Security Council worked out a resolution on Syria on the ceasefire in Guta, which Russia blocked, stating: Moscow will agree to a resolution only if the ceasefire does not apply to US-backed terrorist forces.
United States did not agree with this point and it was deleted at the UN. And then Russia began bombing Guta, with the support of the Syrian Army.
Perhaps American generals did not expect such a development. So as they officially declared that the arrival of SU-57 invisible aircraft in Syria greatly complicated the work of the coalition aviation. But in fact, the coalition aviation completely stopped flights, after the arrival of Russian Sukhoy.
In connection with the critical situation in Syria, United States accepted Russia’s amendments to the ceasefire in Syria.
The UN Security Council on Saturday, February 24, voted to adopt a resolution on a ceasefire in Syria for 30 days. As AFP reports, members of the Security Council voted “for” unanimously.
The resolution must enter into force “without delay”; the truce will last 30 days. According to Reuters, the main purpose of the announced ceasefire is to provide access to humanitarian services, as well as to evacuate the wounded.
And, as everyone understands, the wounded there are not few. And most importantly, it’s not just the Syrian opposition, but American and NATO troops.
In accordance with the initial provisions of the draft resolution, the cease-fire did not apply to the activities of the Islamic State and Front-
An-Nusra factions, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the resolution should go further and exclude some other groups from the truce, “Cooperating with them”.
In particular, Moscow proposed removing from the list the alliance of jihadists of “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham”, which is connected with “Al-Qaeda” and operates in East Guta, as well as insurgent groups in the enclave that cooperate with “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham” and shelling neighboring areas under the control of government forces.
Before the vote in the Security Council, Western leaders tried to put pressure on Russia to avoid blocking the resolution. So, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin requesting support for the Security Council’s decision.
But it is clear that compelling peace in Guta has changed the opinion of the leaders of Western countries.