Disinfo: The US has created Daesh, and Al-Qaeda


The US has created Daesh, and Al-Qaeda.


The Daesh terrorist group has had various names since it was founded in 1999 by Jordanian anti-American radical Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and first began referring to itself as the Islamic State or Daesh in 2014, when it proclaimed itself a worldwide caliphate. Al-Qaeda emerged in 1988 as a network made up of Islamic extremist, Salafist jihadists and has been immediately designated as a terrorist group by the UN, the EU, the US, Russia and other countries.


  • Reported in: Issue41
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/09/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Al-Qaeda, Daesh


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