Disinfo: Syria was steps away from falling in the hands of terrorists had it not been for Russia

Summary

Damascus was already one month or less away to fall in the hands of the terrorists. The Syrian state was just steps away from this fate, had it not been for the intervention of the Russian Space Air Force.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Syrian war.

In fact, Russia saved a leader, not a nation. 

There is ample evidence that the Syrian leadership (supported by Russia) is responsible for numerous massacres, bombings and chemical attacks on civilians in Syria. On the other hand, Russian airstrikes on hospitals, water treatment plants and mosques [causing hundreds of civilian deaths] have also been documented.

Moreover, pro-Kremlin media often refer to Russian military intervention in Syria as a “war on terrorism” aimed at destroying Daesh. In reality, Russia’s military action has mostly concentrated on targeting the non-Daesh opposition forces, while a relatively low proportion of Russian airstrikes in Syria have targeted Daesh or other al-Qaeda-linked groups.

See similar cases that Russia saved Syria as a country, or that wherever Russia goes wars stop, or even claims that Daesh leader Al Baghdadi was not killed but evacuated by the US, or the alleged Western backing of terrorist groups there.

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  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: Russian superiority, Syrian War, Conspiracy, Bashar al-Assad, Daesh

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The team that investigated the MH17 crash should be arrested for falsifying numerous evidences

The prime minister of the Netherlands must immediately order the arrest of the investigative team in the MH17 case due to numerous falsifications in the investigation. It is time to stop the lies of the Dutch investigators that are trying to “adjust” the evidence to the official version. Russian experts refuted 5 years ago that the Malaysian Boeing was taken down with a missile 9M38M1, which leaves characteristic damage that wasn’t found in the fuselage of the Malaysian plane. However, Dutch prosecutors refuse to accept the Russian data. Besides, the main suspect, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), which had a clear interest in the Boeing accident, was admitted in the investigation, which is like having the murderer involved in the investigation.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of the flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

The results of the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team are clear: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system with one missing missile returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The public hearing on the incident started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

The Pentagon carries out in Ukraine the experiments that didn’t dare to do in US soil

The Pentagon is carrying out experiments near Russia’s borders that it does not dare do on US soil due to the incredible threat level. Ukraine is a much more convenient place for bio-labs: there aren’t strict legislative restrictions on biology, and the country is near Russia, a strategic opponent of the US. This is similar to the Caribbean crisis [the 1962 Cuban missile crisis], but this time, biological weapons are used instead of nuclear missiles. The EU countries are more exposed to the threat posed by those labs in Ukraine and other European countries. Washington may be using biological intelligence labs in Ukraine because its population is similar to the Russians and it is possible to organise local outbreaks of several diverse and register the consequences. Similar activities are taking place in Georgia, where the scandalous Center of Research on Public Health Richard Lugar is located.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the alleged existence of US secret military laboratories near Russia’s borders, in this case in Ukraine and Georgia. According to these claims, the main task of these labs is to create "combat" viruses against Russians.

Actually, virology laboratories in Ukraine are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases by pathogens and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism. In April, the US Embassy in Ukraine reaffirmed that the country offers its support to ensure Ukraine can detect and report outbreaks caused by dangerous pathogens before they pose security or stability threats. In June, the Ukrainian Health Ministry responded to a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament who supported the idea of secret US labs, that there were no such laboratories.

George Soros denies funding the US riots but evidence proves it

George Soros denied funding the US riots, but evidence refuted him. Rudolf Giuliani, Donald Trump’s private lawyer, openly accused the mega-speculator of funding the terrorist riots in the US promoted by Antifa and Black Lives Matter. It is significant that, unusually, both the spokesperson for Soros’ Open Society Foundations Michael Vachon and Soros himself came out to deny it. However, internet sites showed mysterious piles of bricks found in the main cities where protests are taking place, along with a compromising video.

Black Lives Matter receives more than one-third of its funding from George Soros. And in The New York Times, a newspaper close to both Soros and the Clintons, commentator Farhad Manjoo is exultant that “Black Lives Matter is winning”.

Disproof

Despite what is claimed in the headline, no evidence is provided to support the affirmation that billionaire George Soros is funding the US protests. The article is repeating a baseless conspiracy theory promoted by some US conservative commentators, in line with recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives framing US protests as a staged ‘colour revolution’ and portraying Soros as an evil master behind almost every protest around the world.

Unfounded claims against Soros exploded alongside US protests for racial justice after the death of African American George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in May 2020, mostly accusing him of funding Antifa and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. In this case, the affirmation that one-third of the BLM budget comes from the Open Society Foundation seems to be derived from an article in the The Washington Times, which explained that several US foundations created a fund aiming to raise 100 million dollars in six years for the Movement for Black Lives coalition. The article added, without providing any source, that the Open Society Foundations gave 33 million dollars in grants to the Black Lives Matter. This last claim was later repeated in several right-wing outlets, but it has been debunked by PolitiFact and The Daily Beast.