The search for dead Russian mercenaries in Syria

It is unclear how many mercenaries from the Russian paramilitary organization, Wagner Group, were killed on February 7 in Deir al-Zour, Syria, in an attack led by the international anti-IS coalition. According to the Russian newspaper Vedomosti, 50 mercenaries were killed and around 70 injured. The names of at least nine of the dead are known. The Russian Foreign Office initially confirmed there had been five deaths. Later, a statement said that “several dozen” from Russia and CIS states — a group of former Soviet states — had been wounded and killed. They were allegedly in Syria “voluntarily and with different intentions.” The anti-IS coalition claimed that it had attacked President Bashar al-Assad’s troops in self-defense.