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Doctored Footage And Fake Claims: Turkish Media Campaign In Support Of Operation Peace Spring

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Since the start of Operation Peace Spring, Turkish media outlets have released a large number of videos showing Turkish strikes on positions of the Syrian Army in Greater Idlib. In general, these videos provide a useful inside into Turkish operations against forces of the Damascus government. However, some of them appear to have apparent issues and cause legitimate raising of eyebrows.

It’s interesting to note that most of these ‘strange videos’ were released by ‘Clash Report’, the media outlet that spearheaded the Turkish military propaganda campaign in social media. Among other things, this media outlet released videos supposedly showing the destruction of the Russian-made Pantsir air defense systems and a bombing of a large Syrian Army military convoy. These videos drew a notable attention of the international audience. So, let’s get a closer look at them.

Video 1 – Destruction of a first Russian-made Pantsir air defense system

A simple example is the following Twitter post, in it, a Turkish drone strike reportedly destroyed a Russian-made Pantsir S-1, used by the Syrian Arab Army.

On the exact same day, with the exact same video, but in Arabic, the post claims that the Pantsir S-1 is being operated by the so-called Russian private military company – “Wagner” (Turkey regularly claims that Turkish-backed forces are fighting Russian mercenaries in Libya) – and that the radar was on and it was still destroyed in a drone strike, but in Libya.

Both posts are followed, however, by a description of how much the Pantsir S-1 costs and that only 12 countries have the equipment, in the respective language.

Both of these claim Wagner deployed them in Libya.

Video 2 – Destruction of a second Russian-made Pantsir air defense system

A second video, purportedly showing a Pantsir-S1 system in Saraqib also raises some questions, as specifically to its content. It was published on March 3rd.

The video is 16 seconds and is very obviously consisting of two glued fragments. The first fragment actually shows the installation of a rotating radar. The second begins with an explosion. Moreover, two fragments are glued in such a way as to create the feeling that this is a continuous video. However, a closer look allows to see that the second part was shot a little from a different angle.

Here are the shots between second 11-14, when the explosion happens, it fades to black, there’s a little flash and it resumes. It can be seen that the explosion is centered so that it is in the same place where the presumed Pantsir stood before gluing.

Doctored Footage And Fake Claims: Turkish Media Campaign In Support Of Operation Peace Spring

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Then if the footage around second 14-16 is added here, it becomes obvious that the shooting is from a different angle. The tracks left from the Pantsir is now turned almost horizontally.

There are serious suspicions of falsification, as it can clearly be seen that there was an attempt to show the viewer something that this video does not specifically show.

Another problem is identical debris. After the explosion, a cloud of debris rises into the air. If one looks closely at them, it turns out that some of them are exactly the same.

Doctored Footage And Fake Claims: Turkish Media Campaign In Support Of Operation Peace Spring

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Did the Pantsir system disappear? And finally, the main thing. Let’s see the “last” second before the explosion and the last second before the video ends. If one looked “closely” you could see that the Pantsir is mounted to a rather large four-axle vehicle, much larger than a normal truck. From it should remain quite large debris, parts of the chassis. There is nothing, nothing at all remains.

Red circles on the image show debris that have already landed on the ground, the smoke that one sees in the frame flies over them and sometimes covers them. That is, one can clearly see the surface of the earth, but the installation has disappeared. The identical debris flying in the air is in blue.

Doctored Footage And Fake Claims: Turkish Media Campaign In Support Of Operation Peace Spring

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These lacks are so so obvious that there is even a sarcastic video presenting some of the issues the video has.

Video 3 – Strikes on a Syrian Army column near Maarat al-Numan

Moving on to another video published by Clash Report, this time on March 3rd. It purportedly showed a Syrian Arab Army convoy being punded by Turkish strikes.

Starting from the 13th second of the video, an individual supposedly exist the tank, and begins moving towards the other armored vehicle. What is questionable is the manner of his movement, as if he’s experiencing some sort of “video game lag,” but in real life.

Compared to the soldiers running in a file to the right, the movement of the individual on the left appears as if separated into specific frames, and rather odd, since the movement of everybody else in the footage is quite fluid.

Doctored Footage And Fake Claims: Turkish Media Campaign In Support Of Operation Peace Spring

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Then, the next explosion, which also obviously has jumps in footage, of where the specific parts were glued together, also has entirely identical debris resulting from the explosion that happens at the 41st second of the video.

Doctored Footage And Fake Claims: Turkish Media Campaign In Support Of Operation Peace Spring

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The final segment shows troops and a tank, being struck and then the camera rapidly pans to the side, not showing any of the aftermath, just the flash of the explosion and some partial debris.

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Therefore, Turkish media outlets intentionally released doctored footage and made false claims in an attempt to paint the Turkish military operation in Syria more successful than it was. This is a common approach for any side of the conflict. However, it’s interesting to note that no of ‘high-professional’ maisntream media outlets adressed these gaps in Turkish-provided video reports.

A summary of Turkish Defense Ministry claims on the supposed casualties and equipment losses of the Syrian Army during Operation Peace Spring:

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  • Adi

    Turks be going to make billions in drone sales.I bet every general in the world would like to have a few of those.Guess the pantsirs sales going to expierience some difficulties in the future.Too bad Russians or Syrians dont dare to field their s300/400 so that all the bullshit mythology around them can be blown to dust likewise.

    • Legis Legis Juscius

      yeah thats why turkish drones droped like flys?its silly, your drones got alowed to operate WitH RUSSIAN PERMISION OVE DEESCALATION, znoe, but instead you armed them and launched sneak attack in first few hours, the russian airforce just cleared the skies, and only forcies on the ground were bombed was turkish

    • Paul

      Yep, their clearly a rubbish system, that’s why Erdogan wanted to buy them after Russia deployed them in Latakia. You moron, think, he was willing to sacrifice his relationship with the US over them. You are deluded.

    • Wayne Nicholson

      “Turks be going to make billions in drone sales.I bet every general in the world would like to have a few of those.”

      1. Turkish surveillance drones were permitted to overfly SAA positions per 2018 Sochi agreement. The SAA never saw Turkish drones as a threat.

      2. After the airstrike that killed over 30 Turkish regulars Turkey and Russia agreed to stand down. Russia stood down but Turkey didn’t …. they sent in armed drones alongside their surveillance drones and the SAA who were used to operating in the presence of Turkish drones had no reason to defend against them.

      3. Once Russia realized their error and re-engaged a reported 10 drones were shot down and the Turkish led offensive was rolled back.

      4. The general public doesn’t understand this but you can bet the people responsible for buying arms do. If anything it shows how vulnerable an army is without proper EW and air defences.

    • SnowCatzor

      Bullcrap, their drones were shot-down in decent numbers. Besides there are far better options to buy drones elsewhere like China, Russia, US or Israel (to name a few), so no one’s gonna be lining up to buy drones from a second-rate power like Turkey.

  • Hyper19
    • Legis Legis Juscius

      Are you a moron? it lag 3 times, you mean all soldiers injured and walks that way…I already spotted this flaws when videos just came out…no need to be an expert, the quality is so awfull…..

      • Hyper19

        It doesnt mean shit if its lagging, the video does not change.

  • Hyper19
  • yep

    Situation in Idlib Day After Putin and Erdogan Agree on Ceasefire – Video
    The situation in northern Syria has recently calmed down after major
    clashes between Ankara and Damascus. Turkish forces attacked the Syrian
    Army after the latter’s strike against jihadists in Idlib also killed
    several Turkish servicemen. According to the Russian military, the
    Turkish soldiers were among militants advancing against the Syrian Army.

    https://sptnkne.ws/BAkB

  • Hyper19

    The pantsir was attacked with 2 drones, hence the cut and switch

  • josh

    Tirqo paid trolls spotted here😁😁

    • Miguel B.

      Hyper19 Turk moron. A lot of turkish soldiers have died for nothing. LOL, now Syria will control more territory in Idlib, Thanks to Erdogan.

      • Adi
        • Greetings, please, do not spam same picture in comments. SouthFront has a very soft moderation policy. However, spamming of pictures in the comment section could lead to a ban.
          Sincerely yours,
          SF Team

          • CHAOS

            He’s right. Constructive and different comments please.By the way,Southfront doesn’t exactly show that these are fake.

          • cactus

            are you retarded south front never talked about his opinions ….they are talking about his spamming of the same gif/pictures in every fuc*ing response wtf

          • CHAOS

            im just kidding i know of course…

          • Adi

            Ok,I will delete those comments. :)

          • Redadmiral

            Being having my unwanted “monthly red discharge” ‘Pending’ or ‘detected as spam.’ Sometime after the attached I posted the Turkish brawl which went straight to Pending so I posted again and again. Now all 3 have been allowed, that is the first time I’ve seen that happen. Havent been able to post anything since, Wonder what will happen to this…. Lol https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/574f41c5ac7b15fad6fc8cc06030ee1c868ec922d9456b374be412cefda042c4.png

  • Hyper19
    • Miguel B.

      LIES AND PROPAGANDA. TURKEY LOST.

      • Hyper19

        LOL war is not over

        • Legis Legis Juscius

          Turkey doesnt have the power to confront Russia and even Iran….its sad, because Iran and Russia was the countries who saved erdogan from US coup, and had friendly relations, but ergoan is digging his own grave

          • Hyper19

            LOL iran and russia saved erdo?
            Coup was very poorly made, not like the previous one

          • Legis Legis Juscius

            not porrly made, but russain secret agencies warned erdogan that the US and gulen will tyr to organize the coup, since KGB was the best in the world spy and inteligence agency in soviet era(russains have the capability), they could easily know whats going on, iran was the first to support erdogan in coup hours…And since Russian defense minister Soigu have warm fealings towards Turkey and Putins main advisor Dimitry Peskov also have friendly atitude towards Turkey, so it was in russais interests to help stop the coup

          • Hyper19

            The police defeated the so called coupplotters. There was no coup, erdogan got rid of the generals and officers opposing him and probably opposing this invasion.

          • Simplekindof Man

            Exactly.They were set up and exposed so erdo could pluck thém out and have free reign.

          • Legis Legis Juscius

            the same coup US tried in syria and failed

          • Caesar

            Sad but true.

      • Adi
      • FlorianGeyer

        Exactly, yes.

    • Legis Legis Juscius

      No erdogan is delusional, he tires to intervene in kasmyr, in libya, even in venezuela, EU leaders are angry, in my country Lithuania there is a big hate for turkish actions when they are forcing economical migrants from pakistan and afganistan go to greece ”like syrian refuges”…never seen EU countries such united against turkish actions its amazing…Erdogan overstimated his power and now he is pay for it, thats why he gave 2000 square km to syrian army so easily….U dont want to get a Bear in north angry…

    • Paul

      Lol. You are deluded as Erdogan if you believe that. It’s obvious he jumps out of the blocks full of bravado, only to come back with his tail between his legs asking for peace. Erdogan has proven himself to be an egotistical fool who is no match for Putin.

  • Miguel B.

    Good article. All is fake with Turkey BTW. The last Iblib offensive have shown Turkey as a 3rd World country once again. Poor houses with the flags on dead soldiers, pathetic brawls in Turkish parliament a lot of casualties, and FAKE claims like this. The ceasefire is a huge win for syria.

  • Hyper19
  • cactus
  • χρηστος

    thanks for exposing the truth

  • yep

    New Putin-Erdogan deal is sugar-coating the Turks’ surrender
    While couched as a ceasefire agreement, the additional protocol produced
    by the Moscow summit between Putin and Erdogan on Thursday is a thinly
    disguised instrument of surrender. The Syrian government got everything
    it was looking for by launching its offensive, and the Turks and their
    anti-Assad allies were left licking their wounds in a much-reduced Idlib
    pocket.
    https://on.rt.com/aca5

    • Caesar

      Scott Ritter’s article has summarised Erdogan’s one week war in Syria, the meeting in Moscow during the 6th March and concluded by explaining the signed documents in layman’s term.

  • Legis Legis Juscius

    Turkey already lost…the fact hta erdogan whent to moscow and the place were choosed by putin where Catherines the great statue stands in the face of erdogan…Catherine of Russia, defetead turks in 2 wars and took over crimea ….thats kind of reminder to turkey that russia is way above its league

  • Lone Ranger

    Mossad CGI…
    Told you so…

  • Lone Ranger

    Turkisis and hasbararts are crying and raging ;)

  • Hyper19

    According to Ruskie experts in adadis uniforms LOL

    • Horace Lacondeta

      Dont be sad kid.
      You can still post your crap from clash report here. We will pretend we don’t know anything.

  • CHAOS

    All terrorists must be cleared, including HTS. Erdogan is on a project Mission. Turkey must stop the occupying behavior.

  • yep

    Turkey’s Failure to Adhere to Past Deals Puts New Ceasefire in Question – Syrian Ambassador

    Imad Moustapha, Syria’s current ambassador to China:

    “Erdogan’s track record regarding the Sochi and Astana agreements
    indicates that he has never honoured his commitments before. It is very
    difficult to presume that this time will be different,” Moustapha said
    when asked whether he expected the agreement on the ceasefire to be
    fulfilled by Turkey.

    “As for the security corridor, we have to see if the joint patrols will
    be able to guarantee the free circulation of the Syrian people along the
    M4 from Aleppo to Latakia and return. Only time can tell if this is
    going to work or not”, Moustapha added.
    https://sptnkne.ws/BAtA

  • GuyQ

    FACT: Turkey went to Moscow to beg Putin to stop the war.

    • GuyQ

      In a few weeks, Rebels will receive cash and disperse

  • yep

    OFF TOPIC: arrest made ( in fascist USA ) must see video !
    Maybe the Guy Needs Help’: Black Woman Stops to Capture Video of NYPD Officers Swarming Unarmed Black Man with His Hands Up
    LINK:

    https://atlantablackstar.com/2020/03/05/viral-video-shows-nypd-officers-tackling-unarmed-black-man-with-hands-up-ive-never-been-arrested-a-day-in-my-life/

  • U n k n 0 w n

    Southfront is a satire magazine rather than a serious and objective news source. It has dedicated itself to Turkey bashing and mocking. You can make propaganda but at least do it in a more serious style like RT or Sputnik. Not with a poor use of English and low IQ jokes. But considering the intelligence level of the trolls who flood the comment section with garbage everyday, its not a surprise that Southfront has a low IQ audience as well.

    • Horace Lacondeta

      Once you remove a few Turkish trolls, comments are actually pretty acceptable.
      Also you should stick to “Daily Sabah” analysis if the reality is too hard to swallow. They will tell you the kind of fairy tales you like to hear.

    • John Wallace

      Thank you for your consideration, appreciated , but due to ignorance and stupidity on your part we can not afford you the same consideration. Hope you have enough toilet rolls to enable wiping of your mouth. Have a nice day , thanks.

      • Saif Imam

        He’ll need them toilet papers to wipe his tears first after what you said.

  • swedish_viking

    I like the wheel tracks of the “Pantsir” it’s from an dual wheel per side and axel as ordinary trucks have but not pantsir.
    The thing is that Syria didn’t have any Pantsir in the Idlib region.
    Turkey was allowed to fly drones for reconnaissance over Idlib so Syria didn’t have any medium-range air defense in the area.
    Turkey then used armed drones and Syria then told Turkey that they closed the airspace as a signal to Turkey to stop using drones.
    Turkey didn’t stop Syria moved air-defenses to the region and shot down some drones, when Syria had their air defenses ready in the region Turkey stopped flying armed drones after a some were shot down.
    Turkey used earlier reconnaissance footage and edited them to look like things where destroyed.
    Turkey armed drones did attack Syrian troops but stopped as soon as Syria had medium range air defenses in the region and started to shot them down.
    Turkeys did however conduct an very effective propaganda campaign and made people think they were very effective and destroyed everything.
    If the Turkish operation was as good and effective as their propaganda Syria would be in real trouble and Turkey would never have accepted the deal from Putin that was more of an insult.
    All the time we heard Turkey asking for a ceasefire and he even went to Moscow when Putin didn’t want to meet, if Turkeys operation really was that effective it would have been the other way around.

  • Rhodium 10

    Kebab armed forces posted fake videos( Computer, Military Drills, old attacks in Afrin and Hasaka, old attacks in Libya) to make the terrorist believe that SAA was destroyed…but the day after… SAA advanced and retook all village and cities lost!…

  • Brother Thomas

    Those who need to lie have already lost.

  • karam

    Probably the best news outlet ever, my favorite for sure
    Thanks for your effort. keep up the great work