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Aleppo Boy Redux

By Stephen Lendman

Last summer, Aleppo boy Omran Daqneesh was too young to know he was used as a US war OF terror prop.

The image of his soot-covered, not bloodied, face dominated Western reports for days to enlist support for continued imperial war on Syria - naked aggression continuing despite Aleppo’s liberation.

The Aleppo boy’s stunt was staged - fake news, not real, his image long gone from Western reports.

A new one replaced it - a fake Aleppo girl on Facebook, holding a teddy bear, standing erect, what looks like a paper bag covering her head with eye-level openings for vision in one photo, her white dress covered in red paint, not blood, fake bandages on her arm.

Egyptian authorities uncovered the hoax, five Port Said residents behind it, hundreds of miles away - 12-year-old Ragd posed for photographer Mustafa.

According to Egypt’s Interior Ministry, “the suspects revealed that they had shot a series of scenes to be spread on social media as actual pictures from Aleppo (using) ruins of a house…slated for demolition” as a backdrop.

The stunt was staged, not real, like various others throughout years of Obama’s war. A notorious social media circulated one features a young girl running on a debris-filled street, using the caption “Girl running to survive, all her family have been killed. It’s not in Hollywood. This is real in Syria.”

The scene came from a 2014 Lebanese pop video, unrelated to Syria’s conflict. Propaganda wars precede and accompany hot ones.

Most every geopolitical Western media report is fake news, especially coverage of US imperial wars.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

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