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One of the two claimed to have been killed was a Cossack. Cossacks are an eastern Slavic people with a distinguished military history of fighting for Russia.

Jerusalem Post:

Russian fighters were among those killed when US-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria this month, former associates of the dead said on Monday.

A US official has said more than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad died when coalition and local coalition-backed forces thwarted a large attack overnight on February 7.

Russia’s Defense Ministry, which supports Assad’s forces in the Syrian civil war, said at the time that pro-government militias involved in the incident had been carrying out reconnaissance and no Russian servicemen had been in the area.

But at least two Russian men fighting informally with pro-government forces were killed in the incident in Deir al-Zor province, their associates told Reuters on Monday.


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Khasham, Deir ez-Zor Governorate is in the middle of the map below.

46.5° N
17.8° E
62.8° E
24° N


Khasham, Deir ez-Zor Governorate, Syria

Syria (SY) is estimated to have a population of 18.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -2.3% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will decrease by 2 million.