Disinfo: US might provoke tensions in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge and build military base near Russian border

Summary

The US has an interest in destabilising Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, inhabited by ethnic Chechens. The US might provoke tensions in the Gorge and under the pretext of countering terrorism, it will build military bases in Georgia near the Russian border. The US special forces entered Georgia before under anti-terrorism motive and never left. Thus, the US seeks for any ground to have a military presence in Georgia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative portraying Georgia's Pankisi Gorge as a safe haven for terrorists and the US as supporting terrorism. In fact, the government of Georgia regained control over Pankisi Gorge through the Train and Equip Program (GTEP) by the US Government, which ultimately saved the country from Russian intervention. See other examples here.

GTEP, with a budget worth USD 64 million, began on May 27, 2002, and was implemented in several phases. As a result, Georgia's Armed Forces significantly increased its capacity in the direction of combined operations implementation; abilities and skills of conducting anti-terrorist operations were improved and strengthened. Approximately 2,600 Georgian soldiers went through training in the framework of GTEP.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Muslim/Islam, Terrorism
  • Outlet: Alia
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