Russian misinformation about 'imminent' White Helmets chemical attack could spell start of Idlib seige

By On September 02, 2018

Russian misinformation about 'imminent' White Helmets chemical attack could spell start of Idlib seige

On the morning of Saturday August 25, the Russian ministry of defence put out a press release.

It made explosive claims that they had intelligence Syrian rebel forces were about to gas their own people in Idlib province - their last stronghold - as part of a “false flag” operation to frame the Syrian government.

By the end of the day, the accusations had been tweeted out by half a dozen Russian embassy accounts, spread by a network of Kremlin-owned and funded media outlets and shared by hundreds of conspiracy theorists and supporters of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president.

It appeared to be Moscow’s latest misinformation campaign, a tactic it has used several times since it intervened in the war on behalf of Assad in 2015 and one that follows a familiar formula.

The defence ministry first claimed opposition fighters tr ained by British “specialists” from security firm Olive Group were preparing to conduct a possible attack, which was to be filmed by White Helmets civil defence rescuers.

Source: Google News Russia | Netizen 24 Russia

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