ISIS was created by deceased US senator John McCain and the CIA

Summary

The Islamic State was created in Syria in 2011-2013 by now-deceased US senator John McCain and the CIA.

Disproof

No evidence given to support this claim and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that either the US or the West is behind the creation of ISIS/Daesh.This message is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States has established many terrorist organizations and controls global terrorism. See similar messages here, here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 162
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: US, Iraq, Syria
  • Keywords: Terrorism financing, Islamic extremism, Middle East, John McCain, Daesh
  • Outlet: Aeronet
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Novichok, the nerve agent that poisoned the Skripals, was not made in Russia

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May lied when she claimed that the Novichok nerve agent used in the Skripal poisoning was made in Russia. The British lab in Porton Down denied that the poison was made in Russia.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning in the UK, attempting to divert attention from Russia's proven responsibility for the attack. Several conspiracy theories have also focused on the Porton Down laboratory. Earlier, for example, pro-Kremlin media have claimed that Porton Down might have manufactured Novichok, and that Porton Down was responsible for the Amesbury poisoning.

As clearly stated  by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council on the 5th of September 2018, UK police and UK intelligence services have produced sufficient hard forensic evidence to charge two Russian nationals, identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU, for the attack against the Skripals. The investigative outlet Bellingcat has later revealed the identities of the two Russian nationals.

Americans were working on forbidden rockets before leaving the INF Treaty

Americans never stopped working on forbidden rockets even if they were part of the INF Treaty. They [Americans] were working on new rockets and the time to test them has come now. In order to save the face, they created this entire circus and left the [INF] Treaty.

Disproof

No evidence given. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative blaming the USA for the violation of the INF Treaty. See a similar case here.

In fact, Russia bears primary responsibility for the end of the INF Treaty, because it has produced, tested and deployed the 9M729 missile, which violates it. In July 2014 the then-US President Obama officially accused Russia of testing a missile in violation of the INF Treaty, which prohibits the US and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometres.

The US is responsible for the death of 3 million Vietnamese in the Vietnam war

US bombing, use of chemical weapons, napalm and phosphoric bombs as well as the ground operations of the US army caused the death of 3 million Vietnamese in the Vietnam war.

Disproof

The exact number of casualties in the Vietnam War, particularly the number of deaths caused specifically by US military operations, is not known because reliable data is not available. Estimates vary considerably, but none come close to approaching the figure of 3 million. The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry cites several of these studies. For example, Guenter Lewy estimated that around 220,000 civilians in South Vietnam were killed in US, Army of the Republic of Vietnam and other allied land operations. In another study, Benjamin Valentino attributes 110,000-310,000 “counter guerrilla mass killings” to U.S. and South Vietnamese forces during the war. Estimates for the number of North Vietnamese civilian deaths resulting from US bombing range from 30,000-65,000, while higher estimates place the number of civilian deaths caused by American bombing of North Vietnam in Operation Rolling Thunder at 182,000.

Finally, according to an official estimate by Hanoi made in 1995, the total number of civilian deaths in the whole war was almost 2 million people, which is four times higher than other estimates. Even if this number is accurate, it is still significantly less than the 3 million claimed in this article.