Disinfo: Europe calls for a separatist project in Northeastern Syria

Summary

After 8 years of supporting the militants, Europe today says it has stopped supporting and financing the radical armed factions involved in the fighting in northern Syria because they are extremist and criminal,…, and because Europe is with the separatist project in northeastern Syria.

Disproof

A recurring narrative against the EU's commitment to the unity of Syria.

In the EU Strategy on Syria adopted on 3 April 2017, it is stated that "the EU firmly believes that there can be no military solution to the conflict and is committed to the unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Syrian State".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: Kurdistan, Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik web Arabic, Katehon, Alalam TV
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After images of Ukrainian Nazis posing with demonstrators in Hong Kong emerged on social media, the question of who is paying their flight and accommodation is rhetorical: it seems that the period of bringing extremists to Hong Kong from all over the country to take part in the US-promoted protests is over, now they are being brought from all over the world.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No proof is provided to support the claim.

The story is based on a post published on a Russian blog. There is no evidence that the US is paying for the travel expenses of these members of the Ukrainian far-right, who publicised their trip on social media, and their presence seems to have been rejected by many voices in the Hong Kong protest movement.

White Helmets fabricated evidence used to bomb Syria

The United States has taken the fabrications of the White Helmets’ concerning “chemical attacks” in Syria as an excuse to call for direct airstrikes in this country.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative claiming that chemical attack in Douma, Syria was staged, along with narratives aiming to discredit the White Helmets. See our and Bellingcat's reporting how Russian and Syrian state media have used fiction movies to "prove" that the Douma attack was fabricated.

The Report of the OPCW fact-finding mission in Syria regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma states that "Based on the levels of chlorinated organic derivatives, detected in several environmental samples gathered at the sites of alleged use of toxic chemicals (Locations 2 and 4), which are not naturally present in the environment, the FFM concludes that the objects from which the samples were taken at both locations had been in contact with one or more substances containing reactive chlorine."

Sanctions on Syria are illegal

Sanctions against Syria – whether from European countries or the United States – are illegal.

Disproof

In 2005, by UNSC Resolution 1636, the UN Security Council imposed travel bans and asset freezes on people suspected of being involved in the 14 February 2005 terrorist bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, in which Syria was implicated by a UN report. 

The EU implemented those measures by adopting Council Common Position 2005/888/CFSP and Council Regulation (EC) No 305/2006