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The propaganda around the Syria proxy war has intensified since Russia has officially entered the crisis with yesterday’s airstrikes. It took less than a day for “news” propaganda to spin the events and condemn the Russians as liars for striking targets not associated with Islamic State.

Civilian casualties are reported in confusing manners and often by groups with an agenda. One trick often used in this process is the practice of using old pictures to represent a new attack. These images can spread fast and verification is usually not possible. Consider the White Helmets, also known as Syria Civil Defense, said to be funded by George Soros. The group reposted an identical image posted 5 days earlier by Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR). Syria Civil Defense claimed the photo was from Russian airstrikes on September 30 while SNHR said it was from September 25 in the aftermath of airstrikes by the Syrian military.

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Most of the major news reports claiming airstrikes killed 36 civilians were sourced from a report from one person, Khaled Khoja, the “leader” of the Western-backed National Coalition. Ironically, Khoja’s statements came while he was in New York at the United Nations, not in Syria with the rest of the “opposition” forces.

AFP
A Russian air strike Wednesday killed 36 civilians, the head of Syria’s main opposition group told AFP, as he accused Moscow of seeking to strengthen the regime.

Khaled Khoja, head of the Western-backed National Coalition which includes opposition groups and fighters, said that local activists and council members had given the names of 36 people who died in the central province of Homs, among them five children.

“All of the casualties were civilians,” Khoja said in an interview in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

“So it was very obvious that the Russian intervention was to support the regime, to support more killings inside Syria, and will create a more chaotic atmosphere,” he said.

Syrian Opposition Council President Khaled Khoja speaks in Moscow on August 13, 2015 (AFP Photo/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
Syrian Opposition Council President Khaled Khoja speaks in Moscow on August 13, 2015 (AFP Photo/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

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