Disinfo: Accusations that Syrian and Russian bombing of Ghouta killed civilians are unfounded

Summary

Accusations that Syrian and Russian bombing of Ghouta killed civilians are unfounded. Accusations are baseless and with no concrete data.

Disproof

Since the Syrian Government and their allies escalated their offensive against opposition-held Eastern Ghouta on 4 February, there have been more than 1,200 civilian casualties, including at least 346 killed and 878 injured, mostly in airstrikes hitting residential areas, according to reports documented by theUN Human Rights Office. On February 22, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called the situation in eastern Ghouta “a human tragedy,” saying the U.N. cannot “let things go on happening in this horrendous way”. Further debunking by the Polygraph.info: www.polygraph.info/a/ghouta-syria-russia-bombings/29059241.html,

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  • Reported in: Issue 99
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/02/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Syria, Russia
  • Keywords: Syrian War
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Disproof

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US and NATO try to deny IS presence in Afghanistan

US and NATO military in Afghanistan makes every effort to silence and deny [the IS group’s presence in Afghanistan].

Disproof

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Economic relations also fall into the foreign policy segment. If the EU’s foreign policy would be defined only by the majority, then it would be a policy that would suit Germany and France, less of the other countries, and for the Slavic countries in Europe, such a policy would be totally liquidated. The Czech government and the president would no longer be able to travel to Russia or China and negotiate trade deals there, as the new foreign policy of the EU would make that decision.

Disproof

The decision making process concerning the CFSP looks as follows; The European Council (EU heads of state/government) identifies unanimously the EU's strategic interests, determines the objectives and defines the broad thrust of the CFSP.Taking into account these objectives and strategic direction, the Council of the EU votes on actions or positions to be taken under the CFSP.
While decisions made by the Council of the EU require unanimity, some aspects of these decisions can be decided by qualified majority voting, which means 55 % of EU country votes, representing at least 65 % of the EU's population. eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=LEGISSUM%3Aai0025, .

The PESCO initiative is a voluntary structure eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/34226/permanent-structured-cooperation-pesco-factsheet_en, .