Al Baghdadi was an American product

Summary

Al-Baghdadi was [if he is really dead] an American product. IS was established after the illegal invasion of Iraq, the collapse of the Iraqi state, and the release of extremists who were detained by the US. Therefore, the Americans have destroyed the person they have produced, if it is true that they killed him.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory perpetuating a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the US or NATO has created and is supporting global terrorism, and that Al Baghdadi might have not been really killed. Pro-Kremlin media have not produced any evidence to support either claim. In reality, the US is committed to fighting terrorist organisations, such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda.

This is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation strategy to raise doubts about the death of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. Details of the operation to eliminate Al Baghdadi have been confirmed by the Pentagon, the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Global Coalition against Daesh, and Iraqi intelligence. Even Daesh/ISIS have acknowledged Al Baghdadi's death. Parts of the footage filmed by US troops involved in the operation were recently released by the Pentagon.

Other examples of this narrative are claims that instead of being killed he was evacuated by US forces, that he was indeed a US product, or that he was acting in Iraq under US protection. These additional claims are also completely unsubstantiated by factual evidence and follow a familiar pattern of pro-Kremlin disinformation about US or NATO support for international terrorism.

For similar cases about US or Western support for terrorism, see here.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 174
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: United States, Iraq, Syria
  • Keywords: Terrorism financing, Islamic extremism, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Terrorism, Conspiracy, Daesh
  • Outlet: Sputnik Arabic
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Disproof

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