The US and Europe support Jihadist forces in Syria

Summary

For the past eight years, the US and Europe, have been supporting Jihadist forces in Syria in order to topple the Assad regime. These forces are responsible for over 400,000 deaths in the country. Russian intervention in Syria, on the other hand, is restoring peace to the country.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the West supports terrorist organizations in Syria [Daesh and Al Nusra]. There is no evidence that US, NATO or EU have supported Daesh or other Jihadist groups in Syria. The US-led military campaign in Syria and Iraq  has clearly targeted Daesh.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attributing massacres of civilian population in Syria to anti-Assad opposition groups. At the same time, no responsibility attributed to the Assad regime and Russian forces. Against this background, there is ample evidence that the Syrian regime is responsible for numerous massacres, bombings and chemical attacks on civilians in Syria. 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.

For more background:

https://jamestown.org/program/russia-middle-east-new-front-information/

https://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/russias-propaganda-war-about-syria

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/syriasource/russia-s-disinformation-campaign-has-changed-how-we-see-syria

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 133
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Jihad, Syrian War, Daesh
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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An OSCE staff member was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military

Staff member of the OSCE’s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, who died in April 2017, was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military.

 

Disproof

No evidence given for the Ukrainian military planting the mine.

On April 23, 2017, an OSCE patrol, being a part of the monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, drove on a mine. The mine killed one mission member.

There have been several reports, such as the one by DW, pointing out that the incident took place in the area of Pryshyb, north-west of Luhansk, which is one of the main strongholds of the pro-Russian separatists. The separatists attributed responsibility to the Ukrainian army.

This narrative is linked to a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukrainian provocations.

EU is Collapsing

The United Kingdom is leaving the EU, as the membership proved not to be beneficial. The European Union and NATO, who used to be against the former Soviet Union, are now collapsing.

Disproof

Concerning the statement that the EU is collapsing, in reaction to the June 23rd 2016 referendum on leaving the EU, President Tusk, President Juncker, President Schulz and Netherlands Prime Minister Rutte made a joint statement: "In a free and democratic process, the British people have expressed their wish to leave the European Union. We regret this decision but respect it." Furthermore, the heads of state of the remaining 27 EU countries, stated “We are determined to remain united and work in the framework of the EU to deal with the challenges of the 21st century and find solutions in the interest of our nations and peoples," after the informal meeting on 29th of June 2016.  See more here  and here.

 

Ukraine entered Russian waters in the Azov Sea

On November 25, three ships of the Ukrainian Navy entered territorial waters of Russia, ignored the requests to stop and, with their reckless manoeuvres, endangered navigation. They were seized by the Russian coast guard near the Kerch Strait.

Ukrainian navy is getting ready to enter the Azov Sea once more, this time with an escort from NATO and OSCE vessels.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine violating Russian territorial integrity in the Azov Sea.

The use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov is regulated by a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004. According to the document, the Azov Sea is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.