No bid deal, just the potential start of WWIII between Russia and the U.S. in Syria

Remember when then-candidate Trump warned that Hillary Clinton might start WWIII over her policies in Syria if elected? We do:

Donald Trump warned in an interview Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s policies as president to address the Syrian conflict would lead to World War III, arguing the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran.

“What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria,” Trump told Reuters on Tuesday morning at his resort in Doral, Florida. “You’re going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton.”

Well, what about this? Bloomberg is reporting that U.S. forces killed “200-plus” Russian contractors in clashes last week in Syria:

U.S. forces killed scores of Russian contract soldiers in Syria, sources say https://t.co/OSJhu1L7YI via @bpolitics #Russia #Syria #UnitedStates #Oil

— Clay Eltzroth (@Clay1016) February 13, 2018

From Bloomberg:

U.S. forces killed scores of Russian mercenaries in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War, according to one U.S. official and three Russians familiar with the matter.

More than 200 contract soldiers, mostly Russians fighting on behalf of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, died in a failed attack on a base held by U.S. and mainly Kurdish forces in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region, two of the Russians said. The U.S. official put the death toll at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured.

And just now we’re seeing  a report that a Russian T-72 tank was destroyed in a U.S. drone strike:

JUST IN: US jet destroys Russian T-72 battle tank in E Syria in ‘self-defense’ Saturday after ‘pro-regime forces’ fired on US special ops and allied Syrian fighters near same location of last week’s attack, officials say. No US or allied casualties. 3 inside tank killed.

— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) February 13, 2018

UPDATE: U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone destroyed Russian-made T-72 tank in E Syria Sat on same say Iranian drone shot down over Israel. Tank came from “same hostile forces” which attacked US special ops troops and allied Syrian fighters late last week, officials say https://t.co/OMKmzvABiy

— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) February 13, 2018

US forces attacked for second time in a week in eastern Syria. Latest attack Saturday took place on same say Iranian drone shot down over Israel prompting counter-attack by Israeli Air Force into Syria against Iranian and regime targets

— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) February 13, 2018

This really is a big story that every network and cable news channel should be covering:

US & Kurds in #Syria take out several hundred Russian mercenaries in #Syria

This is good news as it shows we are playing hard ball to make sure the end game there ins’t a win for #Russia & #Iran https://t.co/eKAIKecvQD

— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) February 13, 2018

Rarely has there been such a disconnect between the biggest stories and the American news: https://t.co/XljMdNXfbt

— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) February 13, 2018

HUGE STORY. Too bad the US media had no room for it with all they squeeing over NK dictatorettes.@hughhewitt @robertcobrien

U.S. forces killed scores of Russian contract soldiers in Syria last week https://t.co/w80RFktQ7a via @bpolitics

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 13, 2018

As for Russia, contractors have played a large role in Syria with huge financial incentives for those that sign up:

– Russia’s private army contractor Wagner pays soldiers from $4,000 to more than $10,000 a month,

– Regular contract soldier who serves one to two years arepaid about $333 to $403 a month; Russian officers with 15 years in service are paid about $964https://t.co/kxzPFOza37

— Boris Zilberman (@rolltidebmz) January 2, 2018

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Related:

Israel shoots down Iranian drone, attacks targets in Syria (Israeli F-16 shot down) https://t.co/ZWFVdk1cEA

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 11, 2018

Breaking with Trump admin, Israel comes out against Syria ceasefire negotiated by U.S. and Russia https://t.co/5gz0xpi9lg

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 16, 2017

Poor guy! Obama whines he just didn’t ‘have the tools’ to act on Syria https://t.co/Awd0AtRvs5

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 25, 2017

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