Disinfo: US uses terrorism and coronavirus in Syria

Summary

The Americans have exhausted all their means [in Syria]: First, with the military support of terrorism, the incitement of Turkey, the mobilisation of the Gulf countries, and the encouragement of the Israelis to carry out an air raid on targets near Damascus. All of these movements did not help… In this regard, the Americans called for help the dangerous epidemic of coronavirus, accusing Iran of causing the death of individuals from Lebanon, the Gulf countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, with an infection that moved from neighbouring Iranian lands.

Will Corona save American influence in Syria and Iraq and stifle Iran? This is what Pompeo wants, but the countries that are targeted by rumours of coronavirus are working to protect their people from the coronavirus epidemic and another more dangerous epidemic, that is, the American colonialism that makes great efforts to renew its youth.

Disproof

This article combines two of the most common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US controlling global terrorism and being behind the spread of coronavirus.

The message that the US supports terrorists in Syria is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States and its NATO partners have created and supported many jihadi terrorist organisations and control global terrorism. In reality, the US is committed to fighting terrorist organisations, such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda.

Additionally, the claim that Iran was unjustly targeted by coronavirus rumours to stifle its influence in Syria and Iraq is completely false. There is a consensus that Iran was one of the hardest-hit countries by the virus, to the extent that Russia itself has suspended flights between Russia and Iran.

Read here similar cases claiming that ISIS has been supported by US, British, French and Israeli intelligence services in order to demolish Syria and that Al Baghdadi was an American product.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Turkey, US, Syria
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Imperialism/colonialism, Syrian War, Terrorism, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Katehon
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