ISIS leader al-Baghdadi roams Iraqi desert under US protection

Summary

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, travels freely throughout Iraq’s Anbar province under protection of the US military.

Disproof

The story, originally reported by the Lebanese El-Nashra website, provides no factual evidence of Baghdadi's links to the US military, and rests entirely on an unverifiable statement by an Iraqi lawmaker. The report advances a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Washington's support for ISIS and other terrorist organizations in the Middle East.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Iraq, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Middle East, Terrorism, Daesh
  • Outlet: Sputnik News
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Disproof

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory presented without any evidence. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West meddling in and destabilising countries around the world.

Background:

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Disproof

Recurring Russian narrative about an US-and EU backed coup d'etat in Ukraine, as well as chaos and decay of Ukraine.

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