Disinfo: The US contributed to the creation of ISIS

Summary

The United States once contributed to the creation of “ISIS” in order for it to act as a force against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and to balance the Shiite presence in Iraq.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that the US and other Western countries are supporting and using jihadist groups to advance geopolitical goals.

There is no evidence that the US has supported radical Islamist terrorist groups in Syria or in Iraq. The US-led military campaign in Syria has been fighting ISIS and Islamic terrorists along with the Global Coalition Against Daesh. See here for similar cases on the United States using ISIS for guerrilla and subversive activities and how the US and Europe supported Jihadists in Syria to topple the Assad regime.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Iraq, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Syrian War, Terrorism

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

No evidence. The information has been denied by Italy’s Ministry of Defence.

The Italian Ministry of Defence issued a statement that the news that has been circulating for several days regarding the transfer of nuclear weapons from Turkey to Italy is “totally baseless” and underlined that every aspect related to nuclear posture within NATO is discussed collectively among all member countries.

British curators are behind the persecution of Sputnik in Estonia

There are British curators behind the persecution of Sputnik [Estonia] by the Estonian authorities.

Disproof

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Disproof

Sputnik was created by a Presidential decree with the aim to “report on the state policy of Russia abroad”. Numerous reports have described how top managers from all the large government-controlled outlets and some influential private media attend the weekly meetings where "media managers receive guidelines that “help” them not to overstep the Kremlin’s so-called “double white lines”".

The EU vs Disinfo team has found 49 different Sputnik websites from all over the world and 31 of them are in the Disinfrormation cases database, meaning those outlets have been publishing disinformation. Sputnik Estonia is represented in that database both in Estonian and in Russian languages.