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To hear the Syrian Kurdish commander who was overseeing the battle describe it, this is above all a tale of Russian bad faith, which U.S. officials see as a chronic problem in resolving the Syrian war.Hassan says he had intelligence reports that the pro-regime attack was coming.Gen. James B. Jarrard, who oversees U.S. Special Operations forces in Syria and Iraq.The attack began about 10 p.m., Hassan said, with pro-regime advancing troops under a volley of tank and artillery shells that landed about 450 meters from the positions occupied by the SDF and the American soldiers. Hassan said the ground-attack force included some Russians, who he believed were mercenaries. Hassan indicated that the casualties included some Russians, apparently from the mercenaries fighting alongside pro-regime forces. The United States suffered no casualties, and the SDF had one wounded.The U.S. military showed its overwhelming military dominance in the areas it controls in eastern Syria. Russian-backed forces paid dearly for their unprovoked and, it seems, deceitful attack.
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