Disinfo: US is supporting and moving ISIS to Afghanistan

Summary

There is ample evidence of America’s involvement in supporting ISIS and the transfer of its forces to Afghanistan. The latest statistics indicate that there are 2,500 to 4,000 ISIS members in Afghanistan.

 

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the claim. Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US supporting ISIS; examples can be found here and here. This message is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States has established many terrorist organizations and controls global terrorism.

Both Russia and Iran are interested in portraying jihadist groups such as ISIS/Daesh as supported by the US. In reality, the US and NATO forces have been fighting ISIS, not helping them.

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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OPCW has deliberately falsified Douma report to blame the Assad Government

Russia and Syria have repeatedly stated: the incident in Douma was staged. But now it’s not about operations under the false flag, not about the participation of the White Helmets in the falsifications, but the deliberate falsifications conducted by the OPCW.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative seeking to absolve the Assad regime of responsibility for chemical attacks perpetrated in the course of the Syrian civil war, as well as to undermine the credibility and independence of the OPCW. They claim that the Douma chemical attacks were staged by Western actors in order to justify military action against the Assad regime.

The internal OPCW e-mail message published by Wikileaks sent on 22 June 2018 by an unidentified member of OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission (FFM), does not accuse the OPCW management of deliberately manipulating and suppressing evidence gathered by the FFM in order to blame the Assad government for the Douma attack and to justify Western military intervention against Syria.

White Helmets use a “humanitarian mask” as a cover for their criminal activities

The White Helmets are a weapon of the British and American intelligence services, and its founder, British intelligence officer James Le Mesurier, was killed in “mysterious circumstances” near his house in Istanbul last November.

The organisation takes the “humanitarian mask” as a cover for its criminal activities, in cooperation with the Jabhat al-Nusra organisation, which controls the vast majority of the Idlib governorate.

Disproof

An example of many disinformation and propagandist claims about the White Helmets. Pro-Kremlin media routinely accuse the White Helmets of “working for terrorists” and being a creation of the Western intelligence services. No evidence is given to support these claims.

The "White Helmets" movement originated in Syria in 2012. The organisation, which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters, states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to rendering services to anyone in need. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated air strikes.

Greta Thunberg is the love child of a Russian film director with a prostitute

Film director and actor Stanislav Baretsky claims that he in early 2000’s was dating a girl, who was “working the hotels”. The actor admits that he at the time was worshiping the girl and didn’t care about her profession. His beloved decided to go for another man and left for Sweden, where she, according to Baretsky, gave birth to a girl that she left for adoption. […] The woman from the past contacted Mr. Baretsky recently and declared that Greta is his daughter.

 

Disproof

An attempt to defame the Swedish activist and her family. There is no evidence to support Mr. Baretsky's claims.