Disinfo: Trump opposes destroying the Middle East so he cancelled US funding of Daesh

Summary

The Trump Administration is firmly opposed to the previous US policy of destroying the states of the Great Middle East, as it proved by cancelling all funding of Daesh and allowing Russia, Syria, and Iraq to destroy that terrorist group.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged US funding of jihadist terrorism. Not only has the US never funded Daesh, it is actually leading an international coalition to defeat it. The US has supported other moderate Syrian rebels opposed to Moscow-backed President Bashar Al Assad, though this support was cancelled by President Donald Trump in July 2017. This disinformation narrative thus serves the dual purpose of both portraying the US as sponsoring terrorism for its own interests as well as  branding all Syrian rebel groups as members of “Daesh”.

The EUvsDisinfo database has a long set of disinformation cases on this subject, such as claims that the US created ISIS when Al Qaeda went outside the script, that US special forces were deployed with Al Qaeda in Idlib, that jihadists are US and European proxies in the Middle East, that US and UK will use terrorist organisations against China, that the US is moving ISIS to Afghanistan or that the US may have evacuated ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi instead of killing him.

This disinformation message appeared in the same article as claims that “Some in the US want to prevent China from explaining its efforts to deliver aid against Covid-19”, that “Coronavirus may be the latest steps in NATO’s containment strategy against China” and that "Former members of Bush Administration created an anti-communist group to advise president Trump against China".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Iraq, Russia, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Terrorism financing, Islamic extremism, Terrorism, Daesh

Disclaimer

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