Disinfo: U.S evacuated ISIS leaders and field commanders from the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor

Summary

US Air Force helicopter has evacuated 2 Daesh field commanders of “European origin” with members of their families from an area located to the north-west of Deir ez-Zor at night. According to a source, two days later, US choppers transferred 20 Daesh field commanders and militants close to them from an area south-eastern of the city of Deir ez-Zor to northern Syria.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that the Coalition against Daesh is aiding Daesh. No evidence given. No explanation given as to why the Coalition fighting Daesh would evacuate the very forces they are fighting. As reported by DFRLab, copies of stories alleging that the United States rescued ISIS commanders were shared more than 14 thousand times in total, generating thousands of impressions and clicks without a shred of evidence to support it. Further debunking by DFRLab medium.com/dfrlab/questionable-sources-on-syria-36fcabddc950,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 80
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/09/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Syria
  • Keywords: Syrian War, Terrorism, Daesh

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U.S evacuated ISIS leaders and field commanders from the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor

US Air Force helicopter” had evacuated 2 Daesh field commanders of “European origin” with members of their families from an area located to the north-west of Deir ez-Zor at night. According to a source, two days later, US choppers transferred 20 Daesh field commanders and militants close to them from an area south-eastern of the city of Deir ez-Zor to northern Syria.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that the Coalition against Daesh is aiding Daesh. No evidence given. No explanation given as to why the Coalition fighting ISIS would evacuate the very forces they are fighting. As reported by DFRLab, copies of stories alleging that the United States rescued ISIS commanders were shared more than 14 thousand times in total, generating thousands of impressions and clicks without a shred of evidence to support it. Further debunking by DFRLab medium.com/dfrlab/questionable-sources-on-syria-36fcabddc950,

OSCE has changed its attitude towards the question of Crimea

OSCE has changed its attitude towards the question of Crimea and takes it now calmer than before.

Disproof

No evidence given. See the OSCE draft resolution from July ft.dk/samling/20161/almdel/OSCE/bilag/19/1756707.pdf, and the declaration adopted by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly where it reaffirms its full respect for the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders, which include the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. www.oscepa.org/documents/all-documents/annual-sessions/2017-minsk/declaration-25/3555-declaration-minsk-eng/file,
Further debunking: theins.ru/antifake/71480,

Ukraine is deepening the seabed for a NATO fleet at the Sea of Azov

Ukraine is deepening the seabed for the NATO fleet at the Sea of Azov.

Disproof

No evidence given. The disinformation refers to "local journalists" and their reports that do not exist. There is only a short note on the website of the Ukrainian Ministry for Infrastructure confirming the deepening the seabed. There are no grounds to link it to NATO. mtu.gov.ua/news/29090.html,

Further debunking: theins.ru/antifake/71064,