Last Thursday, Al-Masdar News reported the death of a Russian military adviser during a fierce battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the Palmyra (Tadmur) countryside.
One week later, the Russian news site “Interfax” reported the death of a Special Forces operative that was killed in Palmyra, citing a Russian military source at the Khmeimim (Hmaymim) Airbase in Jableh, Latakia.
According to Interfax, “while performing a special task to direct Russian airstrikes onto terrorist targets, a Russian special forces officer was killed.”
“The soldier died heroically, calling the strike onto himself after he was discovered and surrounded by terrorists”, the Russian news site added.
ISIS posted a video of a Russian soldiers that was killed last week; however, the Russian Defense Ministry did not issue a statement regarding this allegation.
The name and rank of the officer is still unknown; it has not been announced by the Russian Defense Ministry or state television.