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Russian mercenaries fighting and dying in Syria

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018

If you live near Yekaterinburg in Russia and want to fight with pro-Assad forces in Syria, the go-to guy is a paramilitary boss who advises Russians looking to work for the Wagner Group, a Kremlin-linked military contractor. “Each week I receive five or six new requests,” he told FRANCE 24. He said that interest has only increased since the Russian foreign ministry reported that five Russians died in a US bombing raid on pro-regime troops attacking opposition forces in Deir Ezzor province on 7 February.

“Now, it’s more about getting revenge than it is about money,” he said, but he warned that revenge-seekers don’t know the full story. He says it wasn’t just five Russians killed in the American raid — it was 218. US officials have said about 100 pro-regime fighters were killed, without specifying whether they were Syrian army, Russian mercenaries or other forces.


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