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 âfalse flagâ 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 Moscowâs 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 âspecialistsâ 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