Disinfo: Western countries support terrorist organisations because they are politically dependent on the US

Summary

All that we are witnessing of Western behaviour indicates that Western countries have engaged with a certain party, giving their support to terrorist organisations. The German logic in describing events is one that testifies to political dependency on the United States, which has clashed with Russia on several fronts in Syria and wanted to strong-arm Russia. However, Moscow has proven its ability to confront in the battlefields. Germany and the Western countries do not cooperate with Russia in the fight against terrorism because they cannot be against the United States in their general political orientation, so therefore all Western countries are escalating against Moscow.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory supported by no evidence and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative suggesting that the US and the West more broadly sponsor terrorism. The claim was neither critically challenged nor counterbalanced in the article.

This message is part of a recurrent narrative alleging that the Europe, United States and its NATO partners have established many terrorist organisations and control global terrorism.

Ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US and and Europe have been engaged in an enormous military and intelligence effort to counter Al Qaeda, ISIS and other radical Islamist terrorist groups around the world.

The article also propagates another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US control over Europe and European countries, portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of European countries. This narrative claims that almost all European countries are no longer truly sovereign and the United States dictates policies to the EU and its member states. For pro-Kremlin disinformation, countries that are outside of Russian control are US vassals, and some are vassals of vassals.

In fact, the EU Member States are sovereign countries and make sovereign decisions about their own security and policies. The US is an important ally to the EU but EU policy is not determined by the US.

Similar cases include that ISIS has been supported by US, British, French and Israeli intelligence services in order to demolish Syria, that the US and Europe support Jihadist forces in Syria, and that Al Baghdadi was an American product.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US, Germany, Syria
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Terrorism

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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