Disinfo: The US is the main global sponsor of terrorism

Summary

Western Europe and the US are to blame for increased flows of migrants to the EU. Earlier they destroyed a number of relatively developed countries such as Libya and Syria. The US is the main global sponsor of terrorism, it organised a terrorist war against Syria.

Disproof

This message is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States or the UK have links to terrorist organisations. 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 earlier disinformation cases alleging that the United States raised the Islamic State terrorist organisation, that terrorist organisations, the US and UK’s irregular troops, may be used against China, that the US is helping terrorists in Afghanistan, and that the White Helmets were created by Western security bodies and they have connections with terrorists.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Libya, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Terrorism financing, Syrian War, Terrorism
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The coronavirus puts EU’s existence into question

Europe has turned into the main source of coronavirus. China has mostly managed the outbreak, while Russia and other post-Soviet countries successfully combat coronavirus. The EU bodies look absolutely pathetic and helpless. The emergency situation revealed a horribly low level of management and responsibility of the EU establishment. Coronavirus epidemics puts forward the question point-blank: given that the EU is clearly incapable to address the modern challenges, will it continue to exist?

The XXI century events repeatedly demonstrated that the EU cannot be a meaningful global actor as it cannot adequately react to geopolitical and military challenges. A phenomenal carelessness of EU politicians about coronavirus infection has just proven this. Coronavirus crisis demonstrated that the EU is just ceasing to exist in the new reality.

Disproof

This message exaggerates the inefficient governance in the EU, without providing any facts to these claims. The message is generally consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about EU's and other Western states and organizations imminent collapse. Read our past analysis 5 Common Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Narratives to learn more about this and the other most frequent propagandistic narratives.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Italy, Spain, Portugal, and possibly even France are in line to exit the EU, that a number of EU countries teeter on the brink of default, and that the EU is rotten and countries are leaving it.

West punishes Russia for the crime of being Russia

West punishes Russia for the crime of being Russia and the Kremlin has ultimately retaliated for US dishonesty in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Venezuela and Afghanistan.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative invoking "Russophobia", which is used to attempt to delegitimise any criticism of Russian actions as merely being a manifestation of the West's "anti-Russian" attitudes.

COVID-19 is a biological weapon to make the planet’s population infertile

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is designed as a biological weapon. This is not just some kind of infection where you are cured and everything is fine. According to the results of analyses from China, at least 90% of men who have recovered, who had a mild form of the disease, became infertile. Essentially, this is sterilisation. If it doesn’t work out with LGBT, if it doesn’t work out with all kinds of child-free [ideologies], the planet will be sterilised with a virus.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. One of many recurring Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon. It comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world, with cases being reported in 150 countries, territories and areas by 16th of March 2020.