US and NATO try to deny IS presence in Afghanistan

Summary

US and NATO military in Afghanistan makes every effort to silence and deny [the IS group’s presence in Afghanistan].

Disproof

The U.S., NATO, and Afghan forces have not only acknowledged the IS operations but also are aggressively targeting the group. Even so, Islamic State fighters are reportedly fleeing Iraq and Syria and heading to Afghanistan and IS is actively recruiting fighters there.

Further debunking by Polygraph: www.polygraph.info/a/russia-says-us-denies-is-presence-in-afghanistan/29063985.html,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 99
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/02/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Afghanistan, US
  • Keywords: NATO, Daesh
  • Outlet: TASS
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European Court says not to pay Donbas seniors

The European Court wrote off millions of Kyiv debts to the self-proclaimed Donbas people’s republics and recognised Ukraine’s right not to pay pensions and social benefits to people in the occupied territories.

Disproof

What the European Court for Human Rights actually did was to dismiss the lawsuit of pensioners from Donetsk, who were challenging a suspension of pension payments and other social benefits before a court in the city where they lived.  The European Court ruled against the pensioners, noting out that they first had to go through the court system in Ukraine and only after exhausting those possibilities, sue in the European Court, as is normal practise. The Court did not find that the pensioners’ access to courts had been violated, pointing out that they had failed to go through the judicial system in Ukrainian controlled territory to pursue their case.

The court made no ruling about alleged millions Kyiv owed to the self-proclaimed republics and there is no mention of a decision not to pay pensions. The court ruled that the plaintiffs were not discriminated against based on their place of residence, as they had alleged, and pointed out that they were not in the same situation as other residents of Ukraine as the Ukrainian Government did not exercise effective control of their city.

There is a civil war in Ukraine in which brother is killing brother

There is a civil war in Ukraine in which brother is killing brother, and there are Ukrainians fighting Ukrainians on both sides of the barricades. During the four years of war only 11 Russians with Russian passports have been
detained in Ukraine for fighting in Donbass.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=civil+war&disinfo_issue=&date=,

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.

Combat footage of Russian heroism in Syria

Senior Lieutenant Alexander Prokhorenko, suddenly surrounded by the enemy,  made a decision that would earn him the rare title of Hero of the Russian Federation. He called his own grid coordinates and ordered friendly jets to bomb his position, in effect calling for his own death to deny the Islamic State the propaganda victory of a captured Russian soldier. The televised tribute spliced with combat footage of airstrikes to emphasize the moment, including roaring Su-25 ground support aircraft and one quick glimpse through a sniper’s scope of military vehicles blowing up.

Disproof

The scene used to illustrate this event is from the popular combat simulator Arma III, a video game made by Prague-based Bohemia Interactive. It’s not the first time the Russian government has inserted video-game footage to purportedly show combat in Syria. Bohemia Interactive confirmed that the split-second footage was taken from their game, company spokesman Ota Vrtatko told The Washington Post. “We didn’t provide any authorization for using footage from our game in this way,” Vrtatko said. The game is a combat simulator in which opposing teams battle with customized weapons in a giant “sandbox” environment.

The episode comes three months after Russia’s foreign minister said the country had “irrefutable evidence” that U.S. troops were giving Islamic State fighters safe passage after a key Russian operation against the militants. As evidence, Russia provided images of drone footage, lifted from a smartphone game in which players attack nondescript convoys from the controls of a U.S. gunship. www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2018/02/26/russian-state-media-just-mixed-up-syrian-war-footage-with-a-video-game-clip/?utm_term=.843f08837101,