Disinfo: USA conducts Trojan horse operation with “fifth column” in Syria


As the US are preparing for the withdrawal of troops from Syria, they are still pursuing a firm policy against the humanitarian actions of Damascus and Moscow. This approach is part of the Pentagon’s new strategy of the “Trojan Horse”. It consists of an active use of the potential of “fifth column” protests in order to destabilise the situation, while hitting the most important sites in the country with high-precision weapons.


No evidence given that the US are looking for a pretext to attack Syria. Recurrent Kremlin's narrative on US collaborating with ISIS and from the allegedly 'staged' human rights violations in Syria.

Syria has been excluded from League of Arab States for eight years due to human rights violations.

See more disinformation cases on Syrian war.


  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: US, Syria
  • Keywords: Human rights, Syrian War, Daesh
  • Outlet: Sputnik News
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The Skripal case is a “dead cat” trick used by UK to divert attention from Brexit

The incident in Salisbury is a “dead cat” trick – a strategy used by UK to divert attention from it’s problems with the EU.


Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Salisbury attack. and connecting Skripal poisoning with Brexit. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning. See here and here for EUvsDisinfo summary of disinformation naratives surrounding Skripal poisoning.

For the UK response on the Salisbury attack, see here.

Evidence of Sergei Skripal’s death has been found

The UK is lying about Sergei Skripal being alive. There is evidence of his death: he never contacted his relatives in Russia after being poisoned.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury attack and the conspiracy theory about the Skripals' death. There are no grounds to believe that the Skripals are dead rather than merely in hiding from those who attempted to murder them.

Recently, Sir Laurie Bristow, Britain's ambassador to Russia, confirmed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are both alive. He told Interfax that neither party was interested in talking to Russian officials. The ambassador emphasised that if the Skripals want to meet with representatives of Russian officials, the British side will facilitate such an opportunity.

Salisbury attack could have been a farce with Skripal playing lead role

The Salisbury poisoning could have been a farce prepared by London, with Sergei Skripal playing the lead role. But in the end, the British probably miscalculated the poison dosage, or actually decided to kill Skripal altogether.


No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury poisoning. The disinformation message has been created as a series of inconsistencies, implying a British government conspiracy behind the Skripal case.

British police have presented a solid chain of evidence about the Skripal case, including pictures, that connects the two identified suspects to particular locations in the case. Parts of this material have been released to the public.

The claim that the UK allegedly staged the poisoning is an unfounded conspiracy theory.