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The Shadow of Deir al-Zour 

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The assault on the outpost reads like a Hemingway story, from the Spanish Civil War. That a hundred or more Russian mercenaries were killed in what amounted to a suicide attack on an American base along the Euphrates River has been known in Moscow more or less since it happened, on the of the night February 7-8, not far from the city of Deir al-Zour in in eastern Syria. Last week a team of reporters for The Washington Post, citing “US intelligence reports,” wrote that the Russian oligarch who is thought to control the mercenaries was “in close touch with