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by Stephen Lendman
AI is on the wrong side of the Syrian conflict, its reports sounding like US and scoundrel media propaganda.
Its 2015-16 annual report on Syria was a litany of misinformation and Big Lies, claiming “(g)overnment forces and non-state armed groups committed war crimes, other violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights abuses with impunity in the internal armed conflict.” 
“Government forces carried out indiscriminate attacks and attacks that directly targeted civilians, including bombardment of civilian residential areas and medical facilities with artillery, mortars, barrel bombs and, reportedly, chemical agents, unlawfully killing civilians.”
“Government forces also enforced lengthy sieges, trapping civilians and depriving them of food, medical care and other necessities.” 
“Security forces arbitrarily arrested and continued to detain thousands, including peaceful activists, human rights defenders, media and humanitarian workers, and children.”
“Non-state armed groups that controlled some areas and contested others indiscriminately shelled and besieged predominantly civilian areas.”
AI outrageously accused Russia of killing “hundreds of civilians…” It paid lip service to ISIS atrocities and US warplanes killing noncombatants.
Nothing in its report about Obama’s war – naked aggression. Nothing about Syria invaded by thousands of US-supported terrorists. Nothing explaining all anti-government forces are terrorists – massacring civilians, some caught red-handed using chemical weapons, virtually all committing atrocities.
Nothing about so-called White Helmets allied with terrorist groups, complicit with their high crimes. Nothing about US imperial lawlessness, responsible for raping Syria and many other countries.
AI’s report on “human slaughterhouse…extermination(s)” at Syria’s Saydnaya prison lacks any corroborating evidence – the identifying feature of fake news.
Claims without proof are groundless. Citing unnamed former prison personnel and alleged detainee witnesses, AI estimates between 5,000 and 13,000 prisoners “extrajudicially executed from September 2011 to December 2015.”
Its so-called information is secondhand, obtained outside the country by telephone interviews or cross-border in Turkey from individuals identified as opposing Syria’s government, giving them good reason to lie, now living outside its borders.
AI relied on anti-Syria NGOs for names of individuals to interview. If presented in a judicial proceeding as so-called evidence of government crimes, its undocumented report would be thrown out of court straightaway.
It’s shameful fake news with no credibility whatever – blaming Syria for high crimes committed against its nation-state and people.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.