Disinfo: The West is using proxy forces to destroy the secular government of Syria

Summary

The West is using proxy forces to destroy the secular government of Syria.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation message about The West that's, according to pro-Kremlin sources, staging wars, interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and staging colour revolutions. Regarding politics, the European Union member states are committed to jointly fighting terrorism and providing for the best possible protection for its citizens. To this end, in 2005 the Council adopted the EU counter-terrorism strategy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 31
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/06/2016
  • Language/target audience: Czech, English
  • Country: Syria, France
  • Keywords: West, Al-Qaeda, 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

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Disproof

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