In an article entitled “A Russian buildup in Syria? The propaganda machine strikes again”, written by Bryan MacDonald and carried by RT, the Irish journalist writes:
“The latest torrent of propaganda started with a post on an obscure Israeli website called Ynet. The portal, which is attached to Yedioth Ahronot, claimed that Russia had begun a military intervention in Syria.”
He then chronicles that:
“Less than 24 hours later, The Daily Beast (which is considered a comic by serious Russia watchers) followed up Ynet’s outlandish allegations”, and that “The day after The Daily Beast’s little slice of fiction; Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations came to the table.” The result, he says, was that “On September 3rd, three days after Ynet’s initial foray, the White House was involved. A completely fabricated story on a minor Israeli website was now headline news.”
Mr. MacDonald concludes his commentary by writing that:
“The real story here is not about a non-existent Russia troop buildup in Syria. The pertinent question is why the sudden campaign to spread fear about “Russians in Syria?” Either the US wishes to distract from the European refugee crisis its actions created or it hopes to cool Arab moves towards reconciliation with Moscow. Or both.”
Vladimir Kozin, Chief Adviser and the Head of the Group of Advisers to the Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies; Manuel Ochsenreiter, Editor-in Chief of ZUERST! news magazine and Tayyab Baloch, multimedia journalist from Pakistan working for Abb Takk TV and founder of TheSilkPost shared their perspective.