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More Fake News: Western Media Blames Russia for Deadly US Airstrike on Mosque in Syria

Friday, March 17, 2017 22:41
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The Western mainstream media continue their intentional and highly concerted, and coordinated effort to run fake news about events in Syria, and in other conflict areas too. 

Here is just the latest of many documented examples of this practice of deception which western media outlets have been running about Syria since the conflict began in 2011…

1 MSM Fake News Syria

When Western mainstream media talk about wars, always they have the agenda of the West: the US, UK, and NATO. The elites who own these western outlets can decide to allow them to speak the truth or not, says Middle East analyst Marwa Osman.

US Central Command (Centcom) has confirmed it carried out a deadly air strike in Syria’s Aleppo province. According to eyewitnesses on the ground, over 50 people have been killed as a result of an air strike on a mosque in the area.

The US claimed it didn’t target the mosque but was targeting a site 15 meters away.

Meanwhile, multiple media outlets accused Russia. While some of them blamed Moscow right in the headline, others were more careful deciding to remind readers about accusations of Syrian and Russian strikes from the past, under a entirely different subtitle “US air raids.”

And some of the news outlets haven’t fixed the claims even after Centcom’s statement.

RT asked analysts what they make of such media coverage.

“Western mainstream media that talks about the wars – whether in Syria or anywhere else – they always have the agenda of the West, especially the West meaning the US, UK, and NATO,” says Middle East analyst Marwa Osman.

In her opinion, over 80 percent of the news about wars in the Middle East is fabricated.

“They are made in the way of video news releases rather than actually going on the ground and speaking with the people and actually taking footage of the so-called bombed areas. And there are certain agendas and certain elites who own these media outlets like AFP, like the BBC and other major outlets. And they either allow them to speak the truth or they do not,” she said.

Osman also noted that it was Twitter that revealed which country was behind the bombing before the mainstream media outlets acknowledged the idea.

Centcom said in its statement: “US forces conducted an airstrike on an Al-Qaeda in Syria meeting location March 16 in Idlib, Syria, killing several terrorists.”

Later, the US Central Command spokesman added that the exact location of the strike was unclear but that it was the same attack in Syria that was reported in the media to have targeted a mosque in the village of Al-Jineh, in Aleppo province.

“We did not target a mosque, but the building that we did target – which was where the meeting took place – is about 50 feet (15 meters) from a mosque that is still standing,” said Centcom spokesman Colonel John J. Thomas.

“When you look at the area where this was bombed, this was not Idlib. This was the village of Al-Jineh, several kilometers away from the Idlib governorate, but it was in Aleppo. And it was against Ahrar Al-Sham which is an Al-Qaeda affiliate, the same terrorists that were being targeted by Russian air force and the Syrian Arab Army air force two months back, and the entire mainstream media on this planet were blaming them and saying they were killing civilians and they were having a humanitarian crisis inside of Aleppo. And now the US does the same, and yet it bombs a mosque with more than 300 at prayer, according to witnesses,” Osman said.

READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files


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    Perusing European publications and middle east news publications is the only way to get a balanced view of what is happening in Syria. There are enough interviews and war correspondents reporting over the past year and a half that you can get a clear understanding of how much American media is siding with the neocon’s on both the liberal and conservative side of the isles, with little practical basis for such an aggressive negative stance on Putin and Assad. Speculation abounds on why these people are pushing for America to lend our military might to fight Assad and Putin, but after wisely spending a little time objectively looking at the arguments, it’s hard not to think the most productive and effective way to resolve the problem is to work with Russia and Syria to help end the devastation being perpetrated upon the Syrian people by the terrorist intruders as quickly as possible.

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