A SENIOR US General revealed ‘hundreds of Russian mercenaries’ were killed during a surprise attack on an oil refinery controlled by Donald Trump’s forces in Syria.
US Army Brigadier General Jonathan Braga, director of operations for the main US military task force in charge of operations in Iraq and Syria, feared retaliation could lead to World War 3 and claimed the attack occurred on the night of February 7.
He said: “We saw vehicle movements, troop movements, rehearsals and alike, something we had not seen before.
“I called my Russian contact. We deconflict with the Russians to make sure there are no miscalculations and de-escalate anything that might be happening.
“About two hours later we started receiving artillery rounds followed by tank direct fire and then eventually small arms fire from upwards of several hundreds of forces.
“They were moving artillery in closer. We had another phone call with the Russians to say ’stop this’.
“When we feel threatened we have certain measures that we take. We then escalated.
“Our estimates suggest 200 to 300 Russian mercenaries were killed.”
Within minutes US airstrikes came in and bombarded the attackers for three hours.
A senior US military official clarified that recordings from the incident, in which Russian accents are heard saying “we have had our butts kicked”, are accurate.
The recordings were reportedly made by Russian private military company CHVK Wagner and add: “The Yankees knew we were coming and they knew we were Russian.
“One squadron f***ing lost 200 people right away, another one lost 10 people and I don’t know about the third squadron but it got torn up pretty badly, too.
“So three squadrons took a beating.
“They were all shelling the holy f*** out of it, and our guys didn’t have anything besides the assault rifles.
“Nothing at all, I’m not even talking about shoulder-fired SAMs or anything like that. They tore us to pieces, put us through hell.
“We got our f***ing asses beat rough, the Yankees made their point.
“What were they hoping for, that the Yankees are just going to f*** off?
“It’s bull****, some people can’t even be f***ing ID’ed, too many people there.”
The US General was asked if he was worried that the conflict could have escalated into a real war, he said: “Absolutely concerned and that’s why, again, I had a professional dialogue with our Russian counterparts throughout the night.”
A Russian foreign ministry report said: “Russian service members did not take part in any capacity, and Russian military equipment was not used.” – Express
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