Disinfo: US trains ISIS in Syria


The US military based in Syria is actively cooperating with ISIS. The American intelligence services created the Islamic State, taking into account the practice of working with the terrorist organisation of the Taliban. The support of the militants was necessary for the United States in order to draw the USSR into the Afghan war.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the US is supporting or working together with ISIS in the Middle East. This message is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States has created and supports many jihadi terrorist organisations and controls global terrorism.

In reality, the US is committed to fighting terrorist organisations, such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda. Ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US and its allies have been engaged in military and intelligence efforts to counter Al QaedaISIS and other radical Islamist terrorist groups around the world.

Read similar cases claiming that ISIS has been supported by US, British, French and Israeli intelligence services in order to demolish Syria and that Al Baghdadi was an American product.


  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Syria
  • Keywords: Terrorism financing, Syrian War, Daesh


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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