Trusted media outlets find creative ways to say "al-Qaeda-linked jihadists terrorize outskirts of Damascus in desperate attempt to appear legitimate"
"An unexpected rebel push on Damascus has brought Syria's civil war to the heart of its capital for the first time in years, spreading panic among residents and serving as a reminder that the conflict is far from over."
So begins a "news" article from the Washington Post.
It continues: "It is now becoming clear that although the rebels lack the capacity to topple Assad, Assad’s forces also lack the capacity to defeat the rebels, said Andrew J. Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy."
A coalition of jihadists and al-Qaeda affiliates set off car bombs and marched straight into a pocket surrounded by pro-government forces in the outskirts of northeastern Damascus — and this is proof that the "rebels" cannot be defeated. It's true — we read it in the Washington Post.
We actually noticed an interesting pattern in mainstream news coverage of this heroic/suicidal Damascus "offensive", which was coordinated to give Islamist extremists an air of legitimacy at the upcoming peace talks in Geneva. ("Bend the knee, we liberated a textile factory".)
Do you see what we see?
To be fair, the Al Jazeera and New York Times reports admit in their second or third paragraphs that the "rebels" are actually Islamists fighting alongside a "hardline al-Qaeda-linked alliance called Tahrir al-Sham".
The U.S. State Department recently designated Tahrir al-Sham as a terrorist group. Just some useful information you won't find anywhere in any of these trustworthy news articles.
Again, just to make it clear: U.S.-designated terrorists attacked a Damascus neighborhood, and the media is cheering (and also claiming that this is "proof" that Assad is incapable of defeating the "rebels").
Is this rea life?
Although our own headline is by far the most accurate description of what is going on in Damascus right now, RT comes in second place with "Heavy fighting in east Damascus as Syrian army fends off Nusra-led offensive". But remember: If you're not first, you're last.
But Reuters went above and beyond the call of duty. Our favorite wire service resisted the temptation to use any word (or group of words) aside from "rebels" to describe the democracy-loving Boy Scouts attacking Damascus. Then, at the very end of its piece, Reuters drops this:
The government says the attack is being carried out by fighters of the Nusra Front, a jihadist group that was al Qaeda's official affiliate in the Syrian war until it declared they had broken off ties last year. The Nusra Front is now part of an Islamist alliance called Tahrir al-Sham.
The government says? Everyone says. Nobody disputes it. It's a fact. Even the New York Times admits it.
Bravo, Reuters. To quote famous last line from Babe: "That'll do, pig. That'll do."
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