Skip to comments.Identified: more than 300 Wagner PMC mercenaries who took part in a botched offensive at Deir-Ez-Zor
Posted on 07/11/2019 9:47:00 PM PDT by Beave Meister
In this feature, InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community publishes unique intelligence information about 300 + 1 Spartans from among mercenaries of the Russian intelligence unit, known as PMC Wagner. In February 2018, this group made an attempt to advance on an oilfield near Deir-Ez-Zor held by Kurdish and American forces and was hit by a massive airstrike. All the data has been collected and analyzed by IHTAMNET M-2090 team, it was handed over to InformNapalm for publication on exclusive basis.
According to the project activists, 301 mercenaries, whose data are indicated in this investigation, took part in the attack in the Syrian province of Deir-Ez-Zor on the night of February 7, 2018.
Among them, there are 267 citizens of the Russian Federation, 19 mercenaries of the Russian world from Ukraine, 6 from Belarus, 3 from Moldova, 2 citizens of Armenia, 2 from Kazakhstan, 1 citizen of Syria, 1 from Uzbekistan (some of them have dual citizenship of the Russian Federation).
This list also corroborated the information of the Security Service of Ukraine about 67 Wagner men killed in action as a result of artillery and air strikes of the US forces.
The fate of 154 militants remains unclear. The IHTAMNET_M0209 project team also announced that detailed information about each of the mercenaries listed in the table, namely: residential addresses, social network accounts, photos and other information, was handed over to Myrotvorets Center to be included in their war criminals database. Therefore, we publish in only the table without any pictures.
Activists note, that at least 81 contractors of the Russian GRU survived after the US Air Force attack, although many of them were seriously injured. It is also known that at least 3 of them (Gavrilov, Petrov and Ptushko) at the end of 2018 were seen in Sudan.
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Debka is quite a respectable truthful source in comparison to that you have linked.
One wonders why they attacked. Ostensibly, these forces are fighting against the same people we are-ISIS, Al-Quaeda, etc. The Russian gov’t. is allied to Assad, so why did they attack?
I suspect they were hired by a private oil company and no formal connection to government forces. Although it is just one of many possibilities.
Dead Russian salute....may there be many more.
It was about oil, not ISIS. A huge underestimate of the US dedication to defending the oil facility. They assumed they had the advantage of overwhelming armor against an very small force. The Americans dug in and called in air power. A severe miscalculation by Wagner. What they saw as an easy win was essentially a suicide mission.
[One wonders why they attacked. Ostensibly, these forces are fighting against the same people we are-ISIS, Al-Quaeda, etc. The Russian govt. is allied to Assad, so why did they attack?]
While the Russians hope that they can get the EU to pony up $350b worth of Syrian reconstruction aid in exchange for the repatriation of the 6m anti-Assad refugees to Syria, Assad, quite understandably, is not eager to have these Sunni Arabs return to possibly mount another revolt against him. This is similar to what happened after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, when the Israelis understandably rejected the return of Arabs who had fled their homes in Israel for neighboring countries. Their return would have caused huge demographic problems for the fledgling Jewish state.
Which is why the Russians are gonna be waiting a long time for that EU reconstruction money - there will be no repatriation as long as Assad remains in power. The way Assad looks at it - he has finally gotten the Sunni Arab to Alawite ratio from its original 7:1 down to 4:1, and Putin wants to bring it back up to 7:1? Not happening. He’s frantically trying to bring the ratio down even further, for as long as the EU’s borders remain open. For him, the ideal would be no Sunni Arabs in Syria.
Take the case of Syrians willing to return from Lebanon, a nation hosting 1.5 million Syrians and one that is friendlier to Assad compared with Turkey or Europe. Even from there, the Assad government is actively refusing Syrians re-entry, normally without offering any official explanation. Under the repatriation process, Lebanons General Security Directorate prepares a list of Syrians willing to go back and shares it with its counterparts in Syrian intelligence. Only those allowed by the Syrian regime are given the right to go back.
Mouin Merhebi, Lebanons state minister for refugee affairs until January this year and a supporter of Sunni Prime Minister Saad Hariri, said the fact that such a list is asked for by the Syrian state is an indicator of Assads unwillingness to accept the refugees. How can they explain why they are asking for the list of the returnees? They dont allow anyone to return without approval from the Mukhabarat [the Syrian intelligence branch], he said. Is it logical that Syrians in Lebanon need permission to go back to their own country?
Merhebi said that during his time in office, the difference in numbers between the those who applied to go and those who finally could was massive. I have been told by our General Security officials that when a list of 5,000 Syrians was sent, on an average just about 60-70 were cleared, he said. Alain Aoun, a member of parliament for the Free Patriotic Movement, the party of Lebanese President Michel Aoun and a political ally of Hezbollahand so generally softer on Assadsits on the opposite side of the political divide to Merhebi. However, he endorsed his assessment and said the Assad government did not seem overly concerned about the return of its people.
The Syrian regime is not doing anything to take its refugees back, he said. Aoun quoted a meeting with Cardinal Paul Gallagher, the foreign minister of the Vatican, which has taken a close interest in the refugee issue, to substantiate his assertion. Gallagher told a visiting Lebanese delegation that Assad would never take back the millions who fled.]
The Russians were not attacking U.S. forces; U.S forces were attacking ISIL. The U.S. was in contact with the Russian liaison at Deir-Ez-Zor who said there were no regular Russian military present. The liaison did not mention contractors, and the contractors were not told a attack was imminent.
Great info, thanks.
Thank you for the info.
No, the "Russian" forces, actually a mix a mercenaries working for a Russian contractor, were attacking US troops, and they knew it. And the US troops knew the attackers were Russian from SIGINT. We (US military) repeatedly contacted the Russians via an established "hotline" to try to get them to withdraw under threat of overwhelming force. The Russians repeatedly denied any involvement in the assault, so we let loose the dogs of war. It appears either the Russian military didn't know what Wagner group was doing, or was willing to let them continue with the assault, thinking they would succeed.
That’s how DJT acts as Vlad’s cat’s paw. The conspiracy is really deep.
“O” emboldened ALL our enemies... they are all spoiling for a fight.... They’re testing Trump because they think he’s ‘preoccupied’.
They have never respected us... and thanks to “O”, now they don’t even fear us.
They will find out, though
Dead Russian mercenaries.
Is there a story here?
[Thank you for the info.]
* Reporters, like teachers, aren’t generally the cream of the crop in terms of brainpower, although they do tend to be better-looking than average.
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