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Russia says U.S. airstrike killed 5 of its citizens

Initial reports from Ghirken/Strelkov were of 644 killed, subsequent reporting said 215 were killed.  Now Russia is saying 5 were killed. 

Russian news is saying: Russia Slams Report Of “Hundreds Of Russian Fighters” Killed In Syria As Fake News, but Zerohedge has also reliably published Russian propaganda in the past as well. 

This report is from CBS news…  I only wonder how they deconflicted, corroborated, and verified their information?  There’s no byline, does that mean nobody is responsible?

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Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that five Russian citizens were killed by a U.S. strike in Syria on Feb. 7, the first government confirmation from Moscow or Washington of Russian nationals being killed by U.S. military action on the complicated Syrian battlefield.

Russian and U.S. news organizations reported earlier this week that an unknown number of Russian military contractors were killed in the ferocious U.S. counterattack last week. U.S. officials told CBS News there were Russian mercenaries present when the U.S. strikes hit forces allied to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, in order to repel their attack on a base of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels. There were U.S. troops present at the base of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rebels.

Confirming the fatalities on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said only that five people, “presumably Russian citizens,” had been killed, “as a result of the armed conflict, the reasons for which are being clarified.” She indicated that Moscow was still seeking verification of the information.

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