- ‘Sorry, But It’s Fake…Again’: Russian Military Debunk NYTimes Report on Bombing of Civilians in Syria
The New York Times has issued yet another damning report, which this time accused Russia of bombing what it called a ‘refugee camp’ in the militant-held Idlib province. The Russian Defense Ministry called it a ‘fake.’
On Sunday, the leading US newspaper came up with a heartbreaking story of a housing complex for families displaced by the Syrian conflict being bombed in what the Times called a Russian airstrike in August. The journalists then stated that they were able to trace the air raid back to the Russian Air Force using “eyewitness photos and videos,” and claimed to have a trove of flight logs and cockpit tapes.
The Times said that its journalists “spent months translating and deciphering their code words” but said nothing about how they got their hands on the data supposedly belonging to the Russian military in the first place. Responding to the accusations on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry has highlighted flaws in the report – perhaps the most glaring of which is that Russian pilots neither receive commands, nor report on their mission mid-flight, Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov argued.