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ISIS leader al-Baghdadi roams Iraqi desert under US protection

Summary of Disinformation

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


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.

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Reported in: Issue 139
Date: 28.02.2019
Language: English
Country: Iraq, US, Syria
Keywords: Middle East, Terrorism, Daesh
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik News
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