Pompeo Admits America's Already Killed "A Couple Hundred" Russians In Syria

Is it any wonder that US-Russia relations are, reportedly, as their lowest in decades?

Despite being a 'puppet of Putin', President Trump's administration has killed hundreds of Russians in Syria.

Amid his confirmation hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reports that Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that “a couple hundred Russians” were killed in Syria by U.S. warplanes after Syrian fighters backed by Washington came under attack in February.

The episode reportedly  took place on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, when Russian mercenaries mounted an attack using tanks and artillery in an apparent attempt to take an oil-rich area in the eastern Syria province of Deir Ezzour. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, organized by the U.S. to fight Islamic State, came under fire and American air power was called in.

The Russian mercenaries were part of private military group known as the Wagner Group, which is run by a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin has played down the episode, and the Pentagon has been reluctant to say how many Russians might have been killed and what relation the mercenaries had to the Kremlin.

Instead, the Pentagon talked about a clash involving “pro-regime” forces.

Notably, WSJ reports that during hours of testimony, Mr. Pompeo sought to distance himself from some of the more assertive comments he had issued as a lawmaker, insisting that he favored strong diplomacy over preemptive military strikes and was more interested in negotiating than encouraging regime change.

Mr. Pompeo bristlled at suggestions that he was a “hawk,” arguing that as a former Army officer who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War he knew the horrors of combat.

“There’s no one like someone who’s served in uniform who understands the value of diplomacy and the terror and tragedy that is war,” he said.

Let's hope - for the sake of many - that those comments were not just placating talk.

Comments

Klassenfeind Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:51 Permalink

"We killed some folks..."

This guy, together with certified nut case and warmonger John Bolton, is Trump's own deliberate choice of who he wants to surround himself with as POTUS, and yet people still believe that he wants to "drain the swamp?"

Trump is no better than Barrack-"we-tortured-some-folks"-Obama, or Hillary-"we-came-we-saw-he-died"-Clinton!

nmewn Klassenfeind Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:53 Permalink

I thought everybody around here hated mercenaries.

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Well, there's one down vote (so far...lol) so I guess not everyone around here hates mercenaries? 

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So...just to keep the running tally up to date here, I got eighteen mercenary lovers and six who can appreciate truly deep irony.

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And my final update...(because my point is now abundantly clear...lol)...twenty one mercenary lovers and nine who can see right through those that say they hate mercenaries...but only when it's convenient to say they hate mercenaries.

It would appear that some mercenaries are moar equal than other mercenaries in the mercenary lovers minds, one might even say...they think them, "exceptional" ;-)

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Adolph.H. NoDecaf Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:54 Permalink

Now that this has been made official this voids any argument Americans can make when the opposite happens. 

The same Pompeo also mentions that there are bad bad bad Iranians wanting to wack out everyone in the land of the free, in addition to farting in elevators or stealing socks from dryers:

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/04/12/pompeo-iranian-pr…

We should be so afraid. 

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It's okay not to be a Jew.

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fx house biscuit Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:04 Permalink

fake news. This "Wagner " story is completely made up. It was first launched to get Putin domestically into trouble and7or provoke a retaliatory action from him (to plaese his domestic voter base). Vlad didn't bite.

https://thesaker.is/u-s-strikes-and-scores-of-killed-russian-fighters-i…

 

So Pompeo comes up again with the same nonsense. tell me, what could be the only reason to even mention that in a senate hearing about Pompeo the candiate? of course, to provoke the russians again into action.

Will have the same result as earlier.

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JSBach1 BullyBearish Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:33 Permalink

Der Spiegel ran a story, based on interviews of locals, and claims as such that only about a dozen or so Russian mercenaries died, but none of them were directly involved in the two raids that caused the American retaliation:

Hundreds of Russian soldiers are alleged to have died in U.S. airstrikes at the beginning of February. Reporting by DER SPIEGEL shows that events were likely very different.

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 The U.S. fired back in response, claiming to have killed "more than 100" of the fighters in what was described as an act of self-defense.

A team of DER SPIEGEL journalists spent two weeks interviewing both witnesses to, and participants in, the battle. The team also spoke to a staff member at the only hospital in Deir ez-Zor as well as an employee of the local military airport in an attempt to get a clear picture of exactly what took place during the three-day battle.

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A staffer at the only major hospital in Deir ez-Zor would later say that around a dozen Russian bodies were delivered. An employee at the airport, meanwhile, later witnessed the delivery of the bodies in two Toyota pickup trucks to a waiting Russian transport aircraft that then flew to Qamishli, an airport near the Syrian border in the north.

 

 

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/american-fury-the-truth-about…

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FBaggins caconhma Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:13 Permalink

Oh really, Putin is the reason why Rothschild-owned Isra-Amerika is behind all the sanctions and embargoes against Russia in an effort to bankrupt it?  Putin is the reason why the Disunited States of Isra-Amerika engineered the coup in the Ukraine? It was all because of that bad guy Putin?  It had nothing to do with Putin kicking out of Russia all the corrupt Rothschild puppet oligarchs taking over the nation, or Putin defending the sovereignty of the Syrian nation from all of the Al Qaeda and ISIS trained, supported terrorists deployed in Syria by the US-UK-Israeli cabal?

"Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, organized by the U.S. to fight Islamic State, came under fire and American air power was called in.", the bullshit story states. Such a noble cause defending the SDF, made up now by the way, largely by your Al Qaeda and ISIS proxy terrorists. Just slap the name "Democratic" on them and you can go ahead and kill Russians trying to drive them out of the country. But prick Popeo, like a good little boy for his Zio-Nazi masters, is really saying, "Don't be so squeamish everyone. We have been killing Russians for months now."  

 

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Oldrepublic fx Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:46 Permalink

From that Saker article:

 

"SouthFront’s military experts aware of the situation say that the possible number of the casualties could be higher than 5, but not more than 15-20.

The entire story about mass casualties of Russian PMCs is based on unconfirmed and fake data, that includes a few real facts like the US strikes, some PMCs casualties and the participation of the ISIS Hunters in the incident. The rest is an orchestrated campaign in keeping with the best traditions of propaganda.

The goals of which would be that:

  • the US is able to fight back against the Russians in Syria;
  • Russia is not able to defend its interests;
  • the Kremlin is not concerned over killed Russian citizens or is not able to carry out any pay back."

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flapdoodle fx Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:59 Permalink

The Deep State is addicted to false flags - both in the US and abroad, since they are very effective as long as the illusion of reality is kept intact - they will keep at it even when its effectiveness starts to diminish.

Clearly, the attack on "faux news" and alternative media is to strengthen the narrative created for false flags from different and more correct explanations. The Internet though is like quicksilver and this anti-truth effort is going to have a really tough time...

However, the key is keeping the illusion up. This requires repition - the "if people hear something often enough they will believe it" meme which is very true. Hence Pompeo treats the dead Wagner Russian meme because he has to. Can't have people doubting any of the false flags they hear from the Deep State - that is really dangerous to them as the people will start to realize the OTHER false flags and hoaxes that have been pulled on them. Why, they may even start to doubt that the US went to the Moon or that Six Million Jews (TM) died in the Holohoax - oops, sorry, Holocaust.

One of the biggest dangers the Deep State faces is a lack of credibility - when a certain percentage of the population no longer buys into the false flags, they are in trouble. I suspect that percentage has been exceeded or is close. The Russians are lucky in that they were vaccinated against Deep State lies and in the end NOBODY in the Soviet Union believed a word that come out of the Government or the Soviet MSM - a very healthy attitude indeed. Of course, this disbelief and the general corruption of truth was a harbringer of the rot in the USSR and its collapse - the Evil Empire Deep State I hope, is next...

Once the people in general do not believe the reality being feed to them in the Matrix, the Deep State starts to misfire and spin out of control. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for us, their combination of chutzpah, arrogance and incompetence are starting to badly damage the narrative.

Theresa May and Boris Johnson and their stupid Skripal false flag I hope is the turning point in making the false flag technique apparent to anyone who exercises even a little critical thinking.

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FBaggins spieslikeus Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:15 Permalink

You are right spieslikeus, false flags really matter, especially now that the world knows Israel, the US and the UK are FOS. If the US keeps supporting the aggression in Syria it will lose more than just the war.  It will find itself increasingly isolated along with its sociopath accomplices in a world which now has their number and realizes that nothing they do or say can be trusted. All we see is the continued abuse of money and power to corrupt, intimidate, and conquer from these corrupt nations. If Trump is to wait for a better pretext than the latest US-axis false flag, and rains down missiles on Syria, that will be "IT" for most people of many more nations who already want to cut off relations with the evil axis, and it will not matter about what decent Americans say in opposition even if they are 60% of the population, because despite all their words, they just keep electing ruthless, evil and untrustworthy governments. 

Trump in his opposition to globalism has unwittingly brought us one giant step closer to it by supporting the Israeli instigated destabilization and war in Syria. "Sovereign" nations being brought to the brink of a nuclear war by Trump's warlike Zionist showmanship, will be the best argument ever for a One World Government.  Way to go dumb ass. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1VNQGsiP8M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vNwe7yKbwo

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/11/22/busted-syrias-white-helmets-th…

  

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OverTheHedge fx Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:22 Permalink

This is where I am now completely at a loss as to know what is really happening: MSM says one thing, Zerohedge and friends say the opposite, random middle-eastern news outlets have yet a third, diametrically opposed position to the first two, and then the dust settles, and some bigwig comes out and confirms the earlier, already debunked myth. 

If the US really did kill 200 russian mercenaries, with the full knowledge and forward planning that is evident, then expect some serious blowback. If it never happened, what reason to pretend it did happen? A third option is that the high command and political elite may not actually know everything that is going on, and may be completely misled by the alphabet soup. I wonder at times just who is in control, and to what extent. A hundred years from now, if the records aren't melted in 1,000,000 degree conflagration, historians will pore over the files trying to make out who did what to whomever, and why. They will then rewrite the whole thing to show the political slant du jour, but that is another conversation. So, the nice man may be lying to Congress, or he may be telling the truth as he knows it, which isn't necessarily correct, or he may be telling the real truth, or some shades in between. The only truth I know, is that I will probably never know. Would that be a "known unknown"? Or an "unknown unknown"? 

I now don't believe anyone about anything, and only verifiable facts need apply. This is especially true for facts I want to believe, although enthusiasm can get the better of me sometimes.

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nmewn egerman Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:11 Permalink

It was called a hoax, before it was known un-hoax...lol.

Sorta like, French & American jets screaming overhead out of Jordan into Syrian airspace, it was all over Twitter, so it had to be true.

The un-sound of their afterburners kicking in must have been un-deafening ;-)

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nmewn Déjà view Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:37 Permalink

Well, I don't know that they really are.

Could just be a carefully choreographed dance they are doing to get Mueller off track looking into Melania's shoe size...lol.

I mean, the "opposing field commanders" are speaking to each other. In fact, the US asked the Russian commanders if they had their troops participating in the mercenary attack under consideration in this article.

The Russians said no.

Thats how we know they were Russian nationals, not Russian troops.

Mercenaries ;-)

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Brazen Heist Killtruck Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:06 Permalink

I have to say, I have some respect for Mattis. He seems to be one of very few cooler heads around. 

Its the rabid ideological fundamentalist Zionist camp versus the cold, hard military pragmatist camp, fighting for what to do next.

If the camp Zio wins, mankind loses. These zombies care not for anything other than their self-filfilling prophecies, no matter how many millions die for their false god.

The fight is also a spiritual one, for the soul of America. Camp Zio is Satan.

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FoggyWorld Belrev Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:17 Permalink

There is a problem with the carrier story going around.   Yes, the carrier, USS Harry S. Truman, left Norfolk this week but its destination, the Persian gulf, was known about a year ago.

Have a friend whose kid is on an accompanying Ashleigh Burke that was in dry dock getting refitted for about two years and she and her compatriots were told a year ago that they would when ready, be going to the Gulf.

Newspapers have played this up into something done to start a war when in fact it was preplanned and routine.

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dogismycopilot FoggyWorld Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:32 Permalink

I think your intel is wrong. 

I understand the Carrier Fleet is  steaming to Syria and are going to try and implement a No-Fly Zone. Trump is going to try and bottle up the Russians and let the SOF work their ground game.

This is exactly what Hillary would have done.

Fuck Trump. He is a goddamn liar and I hope Maxine Waters wears his guts for garter belts by this time next year. At least with the Democrats I know I'm voting for a scumbag before the shit show starts.

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FoggyWorld Belrev Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:17 Permalink

There is a problem with the carrier story going around.   Yes, the carrier, USS Harry S. Truman, left Norfolk this week but its destination, the Persian gulf, was known about a year ago.

Have a friend whose kid is on an accompanying Ashleigh Burke that was in dry dock getting refitted for about two years and she and her compatriots were told a year ago that they would when ready, be going to the Gulf.

Newspapers have played this up into something done to start a war when in fact it was preplanned and routine.

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