The "Free Syrian Army" Media Efforts Are A British Government Operation
May 03, 2016
The U.S. government, via its CIA, has financed the "moderate" anti-Syrian
mercenaries fighting against the legitimate Syrian government with at least $1
billion a year <http://archive.is/K6aCt>. The Wahhabi dictatorships in the
Middle East have added their own billions <http://on.rt.com/ropvzr> to finance
al-Qaeda's efforts against the Syrian people. The U.S. continues to purchase
and transport <http://is.gd/DowjKy> thousands of tons of weapons and
ammunition to feed the war against the Syrian people. It also pays the various
fighters and opposition groups. The U.S. efforts for regime change in Syria
have been running since at least 2006 when the U.S. government started to
finance <http://archive.is/dfxl9> anti-Syrian exile TV stations and held
intensive planning talks <http://archive.is/K4UDF#66%> with various
anti-Syrian Islamist elements.
Together with the British government it also runs the current pro-mercenary
public relation show to influence the "western" public to support its imperial
meddling in Syria.
The Guardian now unveils one of the British government efforts to effectively
run the complete <http://archive.is/AMcRV> "Free Syrian Army" media show:
The British government is waging information warfare in Syria by funding
media operations for some rebel fighting groups, ...
Contractors hired by the Foreign Office but overseen by the Ministry of
Defence (MoD)produce videos, photos, military reports, radio broadcasts,
print products and social media posts branded with the logos of fighting
groups, and effectively run a press office for opposition fighters.
Materials are circulated in the Arabic broadcast media and posted online
with no indication of British government involvement.
Through its Conflict and Stability Fund the government is spending £2.4m
on private contractors working from Istanbul to deliver "strategic
communications and media operations support to the Syrian moderate armed
The contract is part of a broader propaganda effort focused on Syria, with
other elements intended to promote "the moderate values of the revolution"
The documents call for contractors to "select and train a spokesman able
to represent all the MAO groups as a single unified voice", as well as
providing media coaching to "influential MAO officials" and running a
round-the-clock "MAO central media office" with "media production capacity".
One British source with knowledge of the contracts in action said the
government was essentially running a "Free Syrian army press office".
The British and the U.S. media also run various "civil" groups to further
their regime change goals.
The "White Helmets", known for fake "rescue" videos and their strong
cooperation with al-Qaeda (vid <http://is.gd/AUgNxv>, are financed with $23
million <http://1.usa.gov/1riWcvs> by the U.S. government through USAID, with
£18.7 million <http://durl.me/c597x4> by the U.K. Foreign Office and with
several millions more from other governments. But are the "White Helmets" not
"moderates" who only want to help people? The U.S. government does not seem to
believe that. It just banned <http://is.gd/1Hutzv> the head of the "White
Helmets" from entering the United States even though it finances his
Many social media accounts like @raqqa_sl, which are promoted
<http://is.gd/4ovDGN> in "western" media, also distribute fake pictures and
videos <http://durl.me/c598jh> as part of these propaganda efforts.
But even when these media manipulation campaigns and fake "moderates" get
exposed their operations continues unabated. The Guardian, after publishing
the above, will not for one moment reflect on how its own publishing on Syria
was influenced by the government financed fakes. It is, just like other
mainstream media, an integrated part of the campaign.
No unveiling of the truth about the "western" attack on the Syrian state and
its people seems to any effect on the ongoing media operations. On April 20
the U.S. military spokesperson for the anti-Islamic State coalition told some
truth <http://1.usa.gov/1pRNgvS> about the role of al-Qaeda in the "rebel"
occupied eastern Aleppo city:
That said, it's primarily al-Nusra who holds Aleppo, and of course, al-Nusra
is not part of the cessation of hostilities.
Only two weeks later the NYT propagandist Anna Barnard has the Chutzpah to
claim <http://is.gd/xUwdfV> that al-Qaeda only
has a small presence in Aleppo
Lies get repeated <http://is.gd/LHQndD> even after they have been debunked
<http://durl.me/c599iu> again and again. The relentlessness of the propaganda
onslaught is effective in suppressing any larger opposition to it.
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