East StratCom disinformation claim:
The war in Syria has been provoked by the West and its allies, who are trying to prevent Russia and Iran from building a gas pipeline through Syria to Europe.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 16. October 2016
Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Syria’s bloody internal conflict began with pro-democracy protests in March 2011 before escalating into a full-scale civil war (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26116868).
Documentation for the debunk
This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 44. The item is located at row number 26 in the report.