Russian soldiers standing guard in a central street in Syria's eastern city of Deir al-Zor, as locals pass by, September 15, 2017. AFP / France2 / Dominique DERDA
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The deaths of several members of the so-called "Wagner Group" in Syria last month shone a light on the mysterious Russian private army that is operating in the war-torn country. Questions had already been raised over its role in the Syrian conflict and intensified when Washington said on Feb. 7, it had killed at least 100 pro-regime troops in Deir al-Zor.Various media outlets have reported up to 200 fatalities and the group of Russian investigative bloggers known as the Conflict Intelligence Team has established the identities of dozens of them – all members of the Wagner Group.Wagner was set up by former Russian military intelligence officer Dmitry Utkin, who was part of the first convoy of Russian mercenaries sent in autumn 2013 to Syria.In June 2014 Utkin joined the ranks of pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine – the Wagner Group's birthplace – according to official reports from Ukraine.Utkin reappeared in Syria again in autumn 2015, when the Russian government launched an intervention in support of Kremlin ally Bashar Assad's regime.
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