‘MSM sources in eastern Aleppo are not credible’

December 28, 2016

SELECTIVE COVERAGE: Retired UK ambassador to Syria Peter Ford claims mainstream news outlets like the BBC (who is quoted from an interview with Radio 4 in this article) and Sky News had put all their resources into Aleppo whilst giving scant regard to the war theatres in Mosul and Yemen where war crimes were regularly being committed.

NO SHOW: Independent journalist Eva Bartlett, who has lived in the city in recent months, claims that no one in eastern Aleppo had heard of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the White Helmets. Both pictures courtesy of You Tube.


TWO theatres of war are being ignored where atrocities are being committed and people across the West are not being told the whole truth about Syria, a retired British diplomat has claimed.

Peter Ford, who served as UK ambassador in Syria from 2003 to 2007, told BBC Radio 4 that former Prime Minister David Cameron has backed the wrong side in the conflict and made the situation worse by giving help to “moderate” Rebels who turned out to be Jihadists.

Mr Ford spoke about the civilian casualties of the civil war in Yemen which have been allegedly caused by Saudi war planes sold by the British Government and the genocide being committed in Northern Iraq by Daesh on the Yazidi and Christian communities.

Just before Christmas, the Syrian Army of Bashar al-Assad took full control of Aleppo after it had been under siege for four years. The last opposition fighters and civilians were taken out of the decimated eastern districts on buses.

“The Foreign Office, to which I used to belong, I’m sorry to say has got Syria wrong every step of the way.

“They told us that President Assad would be gone by Christmas – they didn’t tell us which Christmas so they could still be proven correct – but then they told us the opposition was dominated by these so-called moderates, but proved not to be the case.

“Now they are telling us another big lie that Assad can’t control the rest of the country. Well, I’ve got news for them, he is well on the way to doing so.

“This is a time to welcome the fact that there is a Christmas tree in the central square in Aleppo. There wouldn’t be any Christmas tree if the other side had won.”

He asked why mainstream media organisations were focusing so much time and attention on the Aleppo campaign whilst not giving too many resources to what was going on in Mosul and Yemen.

“We don’t talk about atrocities, we don’t talk about war crimes, although they indisputably being committed in both these theatres. We don’t talk about genocide, holocaust.”

When the BBC countered that President Assad’s regime had targeted hospitals and schools, he replied: “It was also a crime to use hospitals as command centres, which is what the jihadis did. It was also a war crime to use schools to store ammunition, which is what the jihadis did.”

Eva Bartlett, a Canadian freelance journalist, told gave a mainstream news reporter a withering put-down when challenged as to why she thought his and other news outlets were “lying” to Western audiences.

She claimed the White Helmets consistently mentioned in Mainstream reports were linked to Al Nusra, so could not be “neutral”, that many residents in eastern Aleppo had never heard of them and all the activists mentioned by them were not credible.

“Tell me which international organisations are on the ground in eastern Aleppo. I’ll tell you, there are none. These organisations are relying on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which is based in Coventry, UK, which is one man.

“They are relying on compromised groups like the White Helmets, which were founded in 2013 by a British military ex-officer. They have been funded to the tune of $100M by the US, UK, Europe and other states.

“They purport to be rescuing civilians in Eastern Aleppo and Idlib yet no one in eastern Aleppo has heard of them. Ninety-five per cent of these areas of eastern Aleppo have been liberated.

“The White Helmets purport to be neutral yet they can be found carrying guns and standing over the bodies of dead Syrian soldiers and they have footage containing children that have been ‘recycled’ in different reports. You can find a girl named ‘Aya’ that turns up in a report say August and she turns up in the next month in two different locations.

“They are not credible. The SOHR are not credible. ‘Unnamed activists’ are not credible. Once or twice may be, but every time? Not credible. So your sources on the ground – you don’t have them.”

  • THE full interview with Eva Bartlett with her mainstream media colleagues is here.
  • Here is another confrontation on RT News between Eva Bartlett and Dilly Hussein, editor of Spillars UK, who is based in Luton, Bedfordshire – several thousand miles from Syria. Who do you think is telling the truth? Post your comments below.


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