“Airstrikes on Al-Mayadeen and killing of Al-Baqer Brigade’s leader” | Untrue reports circulated by opposition websites, as Iranian file tops international media
As the Iranian forces and their proxy militias’ movements have been alarmingly escalated throughout Syria, along with strengthening their presence in the country through recruiting more young and adult men, as well as the attacks on positions and headquarters of these militias, mostly carried out by Israel and the International Coalition, several websites and pages on social media circulate untrue reports on a daily basis. These websites, most of which are opposition websites, circulate untrue reports on casualties among Iranian-backed militias and airstrikes on these militias’ positions across Syria. The latest rumor promoted on such websites and pages on social media was “an aerial attack on Iranian-backed militias in the early hours of Saturday morning in Al-Mayadeen desert”, while SOHR activists confirm that this news is completely untrue and that the region has not witnessed any explosions.
Three days ago, several websites reported that “the commander of Al-Baqer Brigade, Khalid Al-Hassan, was stabbed to death in Al-Marjah neighbourhood in Aleppo city”. However, this news is also completely untrue, as Al-Hassan was seen later in the funeral of his relative who was killed in Aleppo province.
The circulation of untrue reports and news is not confined to opposition websites, the Syrian regime media outlets, however, have circulated scores of false news and information. One example, among many, was the report of the death of American soldiers a few months ago.