Russia: US replacing troops in Syria with mercenaries

The US Central Command is replacing some of its regular troops in Northern Syria with employees of private military companies (PMCs), Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday at a news conference in Moscow.

“The number of personnel of PMCs in Syria exceeds 4,000. It is notable that in the second half of June alone, 540 people had already arrived in the country, including 70 commanders and instructors. The transfer of mercenaries is carried out by car in groups of 12-16 people,” she stated.

According to Zakharova, the main tasks of the PMCs are training militants loyal to the US and the protection of oil sites.