US is going to use ISIS for guerrilla and subversive activities

Summary

After the defeat of ISIS, the Americans changed their tactics in order to use this terrorist group for guerrilla/subversive activities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that the US and other Western countries are supporting and using jihadist groups to advance geopolitical goals.

There is no evidence that the US has supported radical Islamist terrorist groups in Syria. The US-led military campaign in Syria has been fighting ISIS and Islamic terrorists along with the Global Coalition Against Daesh. Background and a similar case can be seen here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Syria
  • Keywords: Terrorism financing, Terrorism
  • Outlet: Sputnik Abkhazia
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US and European countries ousted Gaddafi and killed him

As the Arab Spring spread to Libya, the United States and its European allies took advantage of Gaddafi’s weakness and organised his overthrow to kill him.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US and some European countries have destabilised Libya which led to the killing of the country’s former President to advance geopolitical goals. See a previous case and also recent Polygraph article "Did NATO Cause the Crisis in Libya"?

On the 8th of March, the US State Department denied the reports that the United States would arm opposition groups and has clearly stated that "Arming the Libyan opposition would be ‘illegal’", stressing the need to maintain the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1970, which imposed international sanctions on Libya including an arms embargo, that applied to both the Gaddafi regime and the rebel groups.

US destroyed INF treaty thus threatening global security

The US became the grave digger of the INF Treaty. The US’s decision leads to negative developments in the whole architecture of global security and strategic stability.

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Russia made every effort to preserve the INF Treaty and to bring the Americans into a constructive conversation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the INF Treaty.

Russia bears primary responsibility for the end of the INF Treaty, because it has produced, tested and deployed the 9M729 missile, which violates the agreement. In July 2014, the then-US President Obama officially accused Russia of testing a missile in violation of the INF Treaty, which prohibits the US or Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of between 500 and 5500 kilometres.

South Ossetia’ authorities link atypical plant and animal diseases to Lugar Lab

The activities of the Richard Lugar Public Healthcare Research Centre in Tbilisi are to blame for the cases of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV), nodular prurigo, and the brown marmorated stink bug in South Ossetia.

Disproof

Long-lasting conspiracy theories about the Lugar Laboratory. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has been disseminating conspiracies about the work of the Lugar Laboratory for years, claiming that it spreads dangerous viruses and exports them to Russia.

For the diseases to spread from the Lugar Laboratory to the occupied territories of Georgia, the outbreaks should have first been recorded in Tbilisi, within the functionality area of the lab.