Russian Sources Spread Rumors About New U.S. Casualties And Attacks On U.S. Forces In Syria

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On April 2 and April 3, pro-Russian Telegram channels and media activists were spreading rumors about new U.S. casualties and attacks on U.S. forces in Syria.

According to these rumors:

1. Some pro-government group “National Resistance Forces”, which supports the Damascus government, has shelled a US military base in the area of Raqqah with Grad rockets. The alleged goal of the group is to battle US and US-backed forces in Syria.

The alleged video of the shelling:

2. On March 30, a US military column was allegedly targeted by an IED blast on the road between al-Hasakah and Tell Abyad. Reports argue that two cars were destroyed, 6 US servicemembers were killed and 8 others were wounded in the icndient. Then, the group of US servicemen were allegedly evacuated by 3 helicopters. The rumors argue that the IED had been planted by local groups of “self-defense” acting against the US occupation.

3. Another US military column was allegedly targeted with heavy machine guns on the road between Manbij and Raqqa, also on March 30. The attack allegedly resulted in killing of 2 US servicemen and wounding of 8 others. US troops were once again evacuated by helicopeters, according to reports.

Currently, these rumors are gaining more and more attention from the English-speaking audience. Media activists and outlets spreading such reports claim that they have received information from local sources and even from sources in the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). At the same time, all the sources argue that the attacks were conducted by some “self-defense” or “resistance” groups operating within the area formally controlled by the US-led coalition and the SDF.

However, these reports lack photo or video evidence confirming the allged casualties among US servicemen.

According to Syrian experts, these rumors look like a soft version of the “Russian mercenaries” story when the mainstream media was claiming that over 100 “Russian fighters” had been killed in the US-led coalition strikes on Syrian forces in the province of Deir Ezzor. The key difference is that the “Russian fighters” story was a coordinated media campaign while the “US casialties story” looks like an attempt of some Telegram channels and media outlets to gain more views.

UPDATE: The Russian state-run TV channel Rossiya 24 reports on the issue citing Telegram channel WarGonzo (one of the key sources of the rumors).

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  • Zainab Ali

    could be the vile zionists too, trying to put the blame on russia again

  • World_Eye

    hmm and this video proves nothing. Who knows what is that video and where was taken. So we need more proof or this is propaganda.

    • gustavo

      Exactly, this video does not mean anything. So, let us wait for real evidences.

  • Michał Hunicz

    SouthFront once again doesn’t bother to expose Russian propaganda stunts, I really admire this move!

    • Merijn

      A little bit War by Deception should be allowed right? Let the gray mass work…
      And the article itself says that; These reports lack photo or video evidence confirming the alleged casualties among US servicemen.
      Good reason to find some more articles

  • jerry hamilton

    Rather pointless reporting.

    • Rob

      I had founded indications of Israeli migrants since 2017 in RT, RUPTLY, liveuamap, Southfront etc but before they were not so active. Now recently like cancer Israel have exposed themselves immediately.

      • jerry hamilton

        The israeli response to the evil they have done is equally evil.
        They called the murdering soldiers… Hero’s.

        • Rob

          Yes I got it. All terrorists that dying for the cause of butcher Israel are heroes.

  • Rob

    It would be better for Erdogan to shut down basforus sea gate and Incirlike military base for all Zionist led Washington and their allies in protest against killing of Palestinians and occupying Syrian and Iraqi lands.

    • Michał Hunicz

      Turks also occupy Syrian lands of Al-Bab and Afrin.

      • Rob

        That is not a big issue as much the Zionist led Washington and EU terrorists who have no right to be there in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and in Ukraine.

        • Michał Hunicz

          Yes, but still, they don’t do great things in Syria.

          • FlorianGeyer

            That is true but the SAA cannot provide instant liberation for all at the same time.
            If the US has learned anything in Iraq , it is the fact that many more US troops were killed and maimed after the 2003 conventional war ended.

          • as

            They’re incapable of perceiving the wrong and the bad of their action since they have only 1-2 years of memory span then. Nowadays maybe months or less even.

            How many of US soldiers then vow to return back for vengeance after crippling years of fighting remnants of Iraq’s army when the whole WMD fiasco disproven ? Or in Afghanistan ?
            Their propaganda turned culture would keep this wrong +wrong ++ wrong decision so long they do not feel real heat from it.

          • FlorianGeyer

            I have oft said that History to many Americans is when they last defecated :)

          • j. jaxson

            The main problem we have in the usa is we want to control the world.
            but the armada is not enough. we have spread ourselves to thin.
            history and logic tells us you can not control the whole world
            just parts of it.

          • FlorianGeyer

            The best bit to control would be the US itself :)

          • Sinbad2

            Do a Sykes Picot on it, and keep them fighting amongst themselves for one hundred years.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Good idea.

          • as

            History tells us that the whole humanity would turn together to fight it’s greatest threat.

          • Tony B.

            No evidence of this anywhere.

          • Sinbad2

            Many years ago I read an article by a couple of accountants who looked at the British Empire.

            What happens over time, is the cost of keeping the empire exceeds the return from the empire. Another words, the cost of enslaving the people is higher than the output of the slaves.

          • j. jaxson

            I do not know where everybody is from or what country
            that has responded to my comment. most countries
            have at least some colony or colonies.i am hoping for a victory for Syria and Assad etc. i am against our involvement and policies regarding afghanistan-Iraq Syria and Iran.

            I like Russia and respect them for really going after the Jihadis or jewhadis
            or whatever. Some of my friends were killed in baghdad when we invaded under
            the second bush-2000. my friends were killed by sniper fire by the IDF
            posing as iraqi’s in baghdad. so i have a personal contact with this
            kind of treachery. this is what the realities are today.

            hopefully somehow things will change.

          • EL ZORRO

            The DEEP STATE(CFR/SES) don’t care or give a damm about the American soldiers live, they considered the US MILITARY FORCES their cannon fodders to be used and discarded at will, at the Israeli Ashkenazi, Khazarian ORDERS.

          • Sinbad2

            But they do care about the votes, body bags cost votes, and means the cabal (deep state) has to spend more on drugs and movies to keep the American people sedated.
            If the next US President was an independent, and had a functioning brain, democracy might gain a foothold in the USA. Democracy would ruin everything for the cabal.

          • Tony B.

            Don’t know of one single American who got out of the middle east who wants to go back for any reason whatsoever. Not one.
            There is a lot of fanatizing about Americans on this site.

          • as

            Yes it should be a good fantasy if it’s not true.

          • Rob

            Through these terrorists they have builtup military bases in the terrorist controlled areas.

    • Rhetorius

      The Turks should also get the hell out of Cyprus. War with Greece is on the horizon.

      • j. jaxson

        greece has an army?

        • Rhetorius

          Perhaps not as strong as Turkish army, but they have Russia behind them.

      • Rob

        Whole Cyprus belong to Turkey. You want that Turkey leave that land to morons terrorists to create threats for Turkey.

    • Sinbad2

      Erdogan is following the rule of law, as set down in the Montreux Convention.

  • Derapage

    Turks in action under false flag.

  • Merijn

    These “Resistance Forces” will get all the help they need…Fort Usrael under attack….

    • nshah

      You mean.. being chased with tail between their legs like dogs.. hehehe
      (not to insult dogs..)
      I’ll have my popcorns besides me all day watching..

  • Admiral_Moorer_believed

    Given the US gave the Taliban fighting the Russians Man Pads in Afghanistan, I guess it would be fair for Russia to give the people fighting the US Man Pads in Syria.

    • j. jaxson

      manpads can be game changers.

  • Vitex

    Seems unlikely the Syrian government would target the US forces unless they were forced to…..

  • Smaug

    I agree, these are just rumors spread due to the war of words between the US and Russia in the UN. Because if there were casualties among US troops there would be retaliatory strikes and separate media reports. Also since the source insists that locals within the US influenced territory are involved that means that this people spreading the rumors do not want anyone to believe that the US enjoys any local support.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/syrian-town-threatened-turkey-counts-us-backing-133705049.html?