Rumors have been circulating that the Russian Air Force had stricken fighters of the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces near the government-held town of Qamhana in northern Hama. The Russian airstrikes allegedly resulted in killing of 33 Tiger Forces members and wounding about 40 others.
However, no photos or videos were provided from the site of the alleged aristrikes and independent local sources were not able to confirm that this incident had taken place.
Furthermore, government forces were able to defend Qamhana from attacks led by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). This would hardly be possible if the government defenses were really pounded by the Russian Air Force in the area.
Pro-militant sources have been also spreading reports that some 32 coffins containing bodies of Russian soldiers killed in clashes in northern Hama had arrived to the Russian naval facility in Tartus.
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No photos, videos or even quotes of eyewitnesses have been provided.
The same kind of reports were widely spread during the conflict in eastern Ukraine when pro-Kiev media outlets and media activists repeatedly spread false info about hundreds of killed Russian military servicemen and even destroyed T-14 Armata battle tanks.
Unfortunately for the “moderate opposition”, its propagandists has not found time to implement at least some creativity to their media efforts.
It’s interesting to note that the propagada approach used by the so-called Syrian opposition complies with the old hat Western propaganda methodology. In comparison, the notorious ISIS-linked media outlet ‘Amaq’ works much better because it avoids to produce such unrealistic fake news. This is why Amaq has earned a reputation of useful source among experts following the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.