Fake News Attack: Multiple Reports About Syrian Warplanes, Helicopters ‘Downed By ISIS’ Near Deir Ezzor

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The last few days of battle for Deir Ezzor were marked by mutliple fake news reports about Syrian aircraft allegedly downed by ISIS near Deir Ezzor city.

On September 17, media activists and media outlets supporting the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as well as the so-called moderate opposition (sic) reported that ISIS “likely” downed a Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) warplane. The incident allegedly took place near Deir Ezzor on September 16. No photos of the crash site have been provided.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights posted this (LINK):

Fake News Attack: Multiple Reports About Syrian Warplanes, Helicopters 'Downed By ISIS' Near Deir Ezzor

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However, the photo posted by the SOHR was made in Libya in 2016 (LINK).

A smoke in the photo below is likely a result of an air or artillery strike:

On September 18, pro-SDF as well as pro-opposition media outlets and activists reported that a helicotper of the SAAF was downded on the western bank of the Euphrates River, near Deir Ezzor city. No photos or videos confirming the claims have been provided.

Furthermore, the both claims have not been reported by the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.

It’s interesting to note that these reports started appearing after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies broke the ISIS defense near Deir Ezzor city and Deir Ezzor Airport and continued their advance against the terrorist group inside the Deir Ezzor countryside. The September 18 report took place following first reports that government forces crossed to the western bank of the Euphrates.

Considering a questionable situation over the alleged Russian airstrike on the SDF north of Deir Ezzor [the Russian military denies it] on September 16, it’s easy to suggest that we could observe a media campaign aimed at undermining the anti-ISIS effort of the Syrian-Iranian-Russian coalition in the Deir Ezzor countryside.

The media campaign consists of 3 parts:

  • Fake news about losses of Syrian forces and their allies [reports about “killed Russian servicemen” expected soon];
  • Accusations of civilian casualties and hostile actions towards “forces of the democracy” allegedly made by Syria, Russia or Iran;
  • Statements and claims by the SDF that the US-backed force has a right to “legitimate defense” from the SAA and its allies on the western bank of the Euphrates [after claims that the SDF would not allow government forces to corss the river].

This media campaign is ongoing amid the behind the scene negotiations between the US and Russia over a possible division of spheres of responsibility in Deir Ezzor province. The US-led coalition likely believes that media accusations should help it to achieve own goals.

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  • Deo Cass

    The stakes for Syria are too high. No compromises here and no concessions. Syria belongs to the Syrian people not the invading and occupation Western colonial powers and their Kurdish slaves. It is obvious that the Americans are shooting down Syrian government aircraft. ISIS do not have the capability. Russia should prove it is a true ally of Suria and provide backup to the advancing Syrian government forces by proving air cover by its formodable SU35 fighter aircraft. The campaign for the liberation of the Eastern banks of Deir Ezzur by the Syrian government troops need to be stepped up whatever the losses. Syria is fighting for its own survival as an independent and sovereign state. All forces need to be concentrated at the Deir Ezzur front. The Syrian oil and gas fields need to be under Syrian government control for the Syrian people not under US control to be looted for its own benefit. This is a defining moment for both the Russian and Syrian government forces to face Western aggression and illegal occupation of Syrian sovereign land.

    • Tudor Miron

      Wait a second… “It is obvious that Americans are shooting down” :) The only obvious thing here is that some media outlets (one of them is that mighty SOHR :D) are saying something. The rest (that a plane or a helicopter is downed) is very questionable.
      I agree that Surya should stay strong and I think that Russia already proved who’s the real friend of Surya but lets not jump the gun on fake news BS :)

      • zman

        “that mighty SOHR”…I’m still laughing.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        The one man show who according to the Established Media has groups and sources working for him apparently they are the only ones who can get close without being Killed. The one like Abdul Bilal and Alkader Habak The creepy White helmet Journo who ran with a dead child from the bus bombings giving everybody the Middle finger. Directed by yours truly Donie Sullivan CNN producer Waffa Munayyer CNN Producer/ Israeli intelligence Major nice sources and resources here.

    • Jordan Katz

      I think Russia just recently sent in a few squadrons of Mig-29 Fulcrums to help secure the Syrian airspace, so that should help deter possible threats from the skies. If the SU-57’s were ready I think that would definitely do the trick.

  • electron

    It is quite obvious by now that Ru has a dual role in Sy; one is preventing suicidals from taking over, the second is preventing Ayran from gaining a larger foot hold in Sy.

    It is also becoming quite obvious that yellow flags are a strong fit for a regional proxy with role of destabilizing, focusing on Ayran.
    So any risky, over the top maneuvers, such as getting into open conflict, must be out of question in the short term. It would largely ruin any ongoing prep for “Persian spring”.

    Demanding discussions is wise, though. It buys time and gives a chance to sell Ru another rotten deal.
    Nevertheless, there is always the possibility of ussof air landing into the fields. The more saa beats up on dash, the bigger the chance for this outcome.

  • MD Ranix

    more false/fake news means that the russian led coalition is winning immensely

  • Ronald

    Fake news , and “legitimate defense ” . is likely media preparation for an upcoming false flag event . Claims of Syrian or Russian , or maybe Iranian attacks on Kurds or the new SDF . Like the “Gulf of Tonkin” , it does not need to be true , only drummed through the mass media .
    US is loosing its ISIS army , they are all but totally beaten , expect any fabrication to keep this war going .

  • Attrition47

    Anyone waiting for a fake chemical attack in Idlib or Golan?

    • Tudor Miron

      That would not be surprising, (considering large gathering in UN) is it ? One thing buffles me…. how come people could be buying this “chemical attacks” BS? Assad proved to be smarter and wiser than most of his butchers (in their dreams) i.e. leaders of the west (Obama, Olland etc.) so why do people think that he would shoot himseld in the foot when victory is so close?
      “Always look for beneficiary” – thats a rule I fallow when reading about some outstanding events in the world. It’s free to use for anyone :)

      • FlorianGeyer

        ‘Cui Bono’.

      • Jordan Katz

        Agreed

      • Justin

        agree! I also like what Assad said about those fake chemical weapons attacks!
        “Lets suppose we had these chemical weapons and were willing to use them! Why would we use it on civilians and not on the terrorists we are fighting (isis). why would we we use it when we were advancing and the enemy was collapsing, why not use it when the enemy was advancing. Why were the rescuers not wearing any protective clothing from the Sarin. They had no masks and no gloves. they can easily become infected through the skin”.

        Common sense proves all of that shit to be fake but the USA will kick this can down the road. They are absolute scum! Using terrorists and lies to gain geopolitical goals!

        I hate the USA so much. I am Australian, we are their allies but I can’t stand them or their citizens! I want them to lose all their power and wealth! they deserve that!

    • Kell

      Yep due for one, probably the only reason Al-Nusra lauched the operation to begin with, to provide a pretext.

    • Justin

      Boom! Well said. Yes its gonna occur for sure!

  • Graeme Rymill

    The photo of the jet in flames that SOHR used was taken not in 2016 but in 2011.

    See: https://theaviationist.com/2011/03/19/mig-23-shot-down-over-benghazi/

    • FlorianGeyer

      I am not surprised.

    • Kell

      Nice find.

  • Kell

    Yep we will expect more of the same from them, we will anyway, they are like a broken record, they have been using the same playbook of tricks since Babylon.

  • Justin

    Why do I get the feeling that SDF will be given manpads but isis will be blamed for taking out the Syrian aircraft (in future)

  • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

    The US propaganda department in the military is working over time and the best these stooges could come up were a couple of old photos and poorly edited disinformation. That’s why they inept “Col”Sarya Evinder giving her statement that was poorly directed and edited , they happen to shoot in an area where the US is building an airport in the Industrial zone. That’s the reason why they are not advancing they lack the manpower and air power to defend the airbase and advance.

  • matt

    One big happy family of dictator worshippers……Ooh how nice to agree on everything, coooohoool

    • marsn2

      Stop whining you terrorists-worshipping ugly bitch. You hate this site? Then stop spamming diarrhea from your dirty mouth and FUCK OFF. And take all your other accounts with you, you have at least 3 accounts for SF only. Have you nothing better to do with your miserable existence troll? you pathetic piece of shit.

      • matt

        I hate your stupid comment, I’ve seen better…..Richard D!!