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

Debunk claim:

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

Additional information

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.

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