DISINFO: Al Qaeda was created to destroy Russians and Serbs
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DISINFO: Al Qaeda was created to destroy Russians and Serbs


The war in Yugoslavia in the 1990s had the goal of establishing a new balance of power in Southeast Europe after the end of the Cold War. For this purpose, the US used the same paramilitary forces, with the help of which they had previously fought with the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which would later bear the name of the Islamist al-Qaeda terrorist group. Other terrorist organisations of militant Muslims, such as the Islamic State, later developed based on the same roots. This is, among other things, published in the material of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service, which has just come to light. Speaking about Srebrenica, even Philip Corwin, the highest UN civilian representative in Bosnia during the war, later opposed the official version of events. US political scientist Edward Herman and former CIA officer Robert Berr, who at the time “held” Yugoslavian territory, spoke of Srebrenica as a hoax, Wimmer recalls.


A recurring disinformation narrative that denies war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in the 1990s and confirmed by the rulings of the international courts ICJ and ICTY. Večernje Novosti published an article about alleged material published by the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service, which, according to this newspaper, disputes "official versions of the circumstances under which the war in the former Yugoslavia took place. "Večernje Novosti reported that those "intelligence documents" were published by the Swiss portal "Swiss Propaganda Research," referring to the "secret report of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (FIS)." In reality the "Swiss Intelligence Service Documents" does not exist. Raskrikavanje.rs, a fact-checking website from Serbia, found that the Swiss Propaganda Research portal did not refer to any source, not even a "Swiss intelligence secret document". (See here)


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