Disinfo: Donbas and Syrian conflicts are US-sponsored proxy wars

Summary

Joe Biden’s top foreign policy advisor and Secretary of State will be Tony Blinken, who is known as one of the architects behind proxy wars in Syria and Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US.

The Donbas conflict is not a US proxy war, but a well-documented case of Russian military aggression against Ukraine, ongoing since early 2014. See e.g. here and here for further debunking.

In Syria, began as protests against President Assad’s regime in 2011 quickly escalated into a full-scale war between the Syrian government—backed by Russia and Iran—and anti-government rebel groups—backed by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and others in the region. On September 10, 2014, the U.S. announced the formation of a broad international coalition to defeat The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In December 2018, President Donald J. Trump announced a decision to withdraw the roughly two thousand U.S. troops from Syria.

Antony Blinken is a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, and began his career at the State Department during the Clinton administration.

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  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Syria, US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Imperialism/colonialism, Civil war, US presence in Europe, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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