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Four Russian soldiers killed in Syria

Russian military vehicles near Damascus. Moscow began its Syrian intervention in 2015. (Reuters)
2018-05-27

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SULAIMANI — At least four Russian combatants have been killed by militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zour.

Two military advisers died when the Syrian army battery they were directing was attacked. Five other Russians were injured and two died later of their wounds, the defense ministry said on Sunday (May 27), according to the BBC.

Syria's army took Deir al-Zour city last November but Islamic State fighters remain active in the province.

Officially Russia has lost about 90 personnel in the Syrian civil war.

Scores of military contractors have also died since Moscow began its intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad in September 2015.

The RIA Novosti agency said that "a few mobile terrorist groups" had attacked the Syrian army's artillery battery during the night.

The injured are being treated at a Russian military hospital.

The defense ministry in Moscow said its forces had killed 43 militants in the fighting.

As well as holding pockets of IS fighters, Deir al-Zour province also marks a division between areas held by Syrian government forces and Syrian Kurdish units, including the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

(NRT)