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    Why MSM Continue to Spread Myths About 'Syrian Army's Atrocities in Aleppo'

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    Western officials and media have been engaged in a vast information campaign to accuse Syrian and Russian forces of allegedly killing civilians in Aleppo, journalist and political commentator Alexander Khrolenko wrote in a piece for RIA Novosti.

    Media War

    On Tuesday, the UN Commission on Human Rights said it had received reports of the Syrian Army killing at least 82 civilians (including 11 women and 13 children) in Aleppo within 24 hours.

    Moreover, France has urged to hold an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Aleppo. At the same time, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have called to organize an extraordinary session of the UN General Assembly while Qatar has called on the League of Arab States to discuss the situation in Aleppo.

    "Western media outlets are distributing synchronized lies about the situation in Aleppo. The Internet is flooded with videos showing the 'last words of Aleppo residents.' All of them are shot with mobile phones in the style of the Al-Jazeera broadcaster. But what is the reason?" Khrolenko wrote.

    According to the author, all of the above proves this media war has "certain goals."

    According to the amnesty law, Syrian government forces let militants who lay down their arms leave eastern Aleppo.

    "All these militants have blood on their hands. Such a humanistic approach has nothing to do with numerous claims by Western media about 'mass killings of civilians.' All these claims are a lie," the article read.

    According to the journalist, this "desperate" propaganda would only be useful if the United States and its coalition allies were preparing for an intervention in Syria.

    Social networks and news outlets are full of "terrifying pictures and videos from Aleppo." The author noted that all those videos are made in the same style by "professionals, including directors and journalists."

    Earlier this week, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Video clips of alleged 'Russian airstrikes, firing squads, other staged violence scenes' in Aleppo were fabricated by militants.

    "All Western statements with reference to 'posts of activists' and movies about alleged 'Russian airstrikes,' 'firing squads' and other staged scenes were filmed by special TV groups comprised of militants. It remains a big question why some media used it without checking the source. Some advice – do not believe the propaganda of the terrorists," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

    The West is Losing in Syria

    According to Khrolenko, the main reason behind the Western media hysteria about the situation in Syria is the fact the West is losing the fight against the Syrian government and President Bashar Assad.

    "A US-led coalition is losing ground in Syria. For five years, Washington and its allies has been using opposition forces and jihadists in an attempt to topple Assad," he wrote.

    On December 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "Independent humanitarian organizations cannot confirm information about atrocities [by the Syrian Army] in eastern Aleppo."

    Aleppo is one the Syrian economic centers, situated 145 kilometers from the country’s largest port Latakia and a Russian military facility. Aleppo is the gateway to northern Syria, allowing for control over the border areas with Turkey and northwestern Iraq.

    "The liberation of Aleppo has significantly weakened Islamists in the neighboring province of Idlib and created a threat to Jihadist groups in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor as well as militants-controlled oilfields in the valley of the Euphrates. It will also help to curb terrorists’ incomes and trade communications with Turkey," the article read.

    According to the author, opponents of Bashar Assad understand the importance of the Aleppo liberation, making desperate attempts to distract the Syrian Army from the city, including a recent attack on Palmyra.

    Aleppo 'Rebels' are no Heroes

    It may be surprising but British newspaper The Independent provided a view of the situation, which is different from what other Western outlets have done.

    "We refer to them as 'rebels' – as if they were the Maquis fighting in the French resistance or Partisans freeing Yugoslavia from the Nazis or, indeed, the insurgents of Warsaw struggling for freedom from the German SS. Which they clearly are not," journalist Robert Fisk wrote in an article.

    According to him, there are no real 'rebels' in Aleppo, except for those who are filmed for propaganda footage.

    "For months, Western reporters have failed to state the obvious: that they cannot send their dispatches from 'rebel' areas because the 'rebels' would slit their throats open – or hand them over to other 'rebels' who would," the journalist noted.

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