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
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Disproof

This disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western moral decay, as well as about imposing international conventions and laws on countries that destroy the moral foundations of traditional societies.

The Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, also known as “the Lanzarote Convention”, requires criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children. It sets out that states in Europe, and beyond, shall adopt specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence, to protect child victims and to prosecute perpetrators.

“Western curators” are interested in freezing the conflict in the Donbas

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, claiming that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements, undermining the statehood of Ukraine, and alleging that Ukraine is a state under foreign control.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

Kyiv is imposing a siege on Donbas

We hope that the siege imposed by Kyiv on Donbas will be lifted as soon as possible.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to portray the Ukrainian government as the aggressor in the Donbas, when in fact Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be violated by acts of aggression by Russian armed forces.

The territories of Donbas are internationally recognised parts of Ukraine. The EU has stressed on several occasions that Ukraine’s borders must be respected. On 27 March 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 68/262 confirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Moreover, the international community, including the European Union, recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.