Thursday, February 15, 2018

Is Al Masdar News a dysinfo source?

Is Al Masdar News a Dysinfo Source?

A few days ago I read in the blogosphere and someone sent me a link about a US air strike on pro Assad Syrian troops where 100 Russian soldiers were killed.  Then I saw the story on one of my "blog favourites" Al Masdar News.

I have been keeping an eye on this news source for a while now...because some of the stories and particularly the "breaking news" stories seemed to be dysinfo...or, more specifically, lies made up and promulgated by the "usual suspects".  Some of the news on this site is legit but some of it stinks.

So I looked for confirmation about the 100 dead Russian soldiers elsewhere in PressTV and RT and never saw it.  Needless to say, I didn't post about the newz.

Then, yesterday, The Saker came out with a debunking story about the 100 dead Russian soldiers. Southfront....a more reliable source was saying that about 5 or so Russian private contractor soldiers were killed in an illegal US Air Strike on sovereign Syrian Soil, and some Syrian military were killed but it was far from the 100 number mentioned by Al Masdar News and other alternative sources.

Today, The Saker is expanding on the debunking and gives "lessons learned":

"....You all have read all the nonsense about 100 to 600 Russians killed in the recent US air strike in Syria.  According to these rumors (typical PSYOP stuff, by the way) the “hundreds” of Russians were private military contractors (PMCs).  Well, for one thing, PMC rarely operated in the hundreds to begin with (5-20 people is much more common).  But nevermind that.  Turns that that official US and Russian sources actually more or less agree on the casualty figures.  Here is the summary made by Cassad:

  • 40 volunteers from local tribes
  • 15 SAA fighters + Brigadier General
  • 20 fighters of ” ISIS Hunters” group
  • 5 Russian PMCs

Now that looks *a lot* more likely and more or less matches the official US “100” figure.

In my opinion this airstrike is pretty much a non-event.  The US Americans attacked a column threatening their control of the zone of Syria they want to occupy (what else is new?), the bombing was a one way thing with no air cover or air defenses (so probably not Russian or even official government organized), the column was wiped-off (well yeah, of course), the folks at CENTCOM were all happy with it and did not know what to say when some three letter soup agency decided to pounce on this to create a massive big deal ex nihilo.  The Russians were equally baffled.  A few days later, the entire story collapsed but for a short while the Internet went crazy about it.

Lessons learned: next time around when you hear the next mega-rumor, relax, take a breather, don’t immediately jump to conclusion and just wait!  Wait until the dust settles and you actually get some facts.  Here is a pointer: big, important, events usually have big, important, consequences.  When you hear of a mega-rumor and then nothing happens, you can be pretty sure that this is a non-event.

It is pretty safe to predict that there will be A LOT of these fake mega-non-events in the future, so we better get used to them.  At the very least, let’s wait 24 if not 48 hours before reacting to them.  Most likely imnsho: a new “chemical attack by the regime” followed by some “coalition bombing” which will “send a strong message” to the “regime” about the use of chemical weapons (in reality the US-backed “good terrorists” will use chlorine gas to trigger yet another bomb/missile strike on Syrian forces).

The Saker"


Another lesson learned is to take everything you read on Al Masdar News with a big grain of salt.  I'm going to keep it in my "blogroll favourites" for now...just like I keep a few other links that I suspect are sometimes dysinfo.  But, as I have maintained in the past...the blogroll is just a guide to geopolitical news.  Of course, some sources are going to sell themselves to the devil and become dysinfo....just like the entire panoply of mainstream newz sources NBCBSCNNABCBCBBCFAUX have sold themselves to the devil...without exception. 

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