BBC Uses a 2003 Picture from Iraq to Incite War Against Syria


When it is time to justify the invasion of a country that is of no threat to Allied forces, mass media deception kicks into high gear to sway public opinion. Only a few years after the “Watch-out-Saddam-is-gonna-nuke-us-all-with-weapons-of-mass-destruction” fabrication, mass media is now being flooded with horrible stories from Syria to incite people in Western countries to think “I hope we go in there and clean up this mess”. However, as it is often the case in war propaganda, lies, fabrications and deceit are used to justify military action.

A recent example of this is the BBC using a horrifying picture from 2003 in Iraq to illustrate an alleged massacre that happened in Houla, Syria. When a “reputed” news source such as BBC gets caught using fake pictures to demonize a country, one can wonder what other fabricated BS appears in the news and goes unnoticed. Here’s an article on BBC’s “mistake”.

Oops, BBC: Iraq photo to illustrate Houla massacre?

With the shock of the Houla tragedy ringing across the world, the BBC has released a story with a harrowing picture of rows and rows of children’s bodies awaiting burial… But isn’t that post-Saddam Iraq?

­Photographer Marco di Lauro who took the shot grabbed by the BBC says he nearly “fell off his chair” after finding the picture on the network’s website with a caption reading: “Photo from Activist. This image – which cannot be independently verified – is believed to show bodies of children in Houla awaiting funeral.

The picture was actually taken on March 27, 2003; it depicts an Iraqi boy jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad. The image, which is published on Marco di Lauro’s website, is part of his story Iraq, the Aftermath of Saddam.

Marco di Lauro takes photographs for Getty Images picture agency, his works have been published across Europe and the US. But the indication that the BBC picked his image from the internet, not from official stock worries him somewhat.

What I am really astonished by is that a news organization like the BBC doesn’t check the sources and it’s willing to publish any picture sent it by anyone: activist, citizen journalist or whatever. That’s all,” the photographer told The Daily Telegraph.

Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose,” he added.

A BBC spokesman says the picture, illustrating Sunday night’s story “Syria Massacre in Houla Condemned as Outrage Grows,” was taken down “immediately” when the source was identified.

We were aware of this image being widely circulated on the internet in the early hours of this morning following the most recent atrocities in Syria. We used it with a clear disclaimer saying it could not be independently verified,” he added.

These words about information “which cannot be independently verified” have become a trademark of media coverage of the 14-month conflict in Syria. Before UN special envoy Kofi Annan brought his peace plan to the troubled Arab country, the Syrian government had remained reluctant to open borders to most international journalists.

But even now the bulk of information comes from people calling themselves opposition activists – via amateur videos uploaded to YouTube or eyewitness reports.

But sometimes it looks that the mantra “cannot be independently verified” serves as a disclaimer to publish information which wouldn’t stand a chance of ever being verified.

– Source: RT

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This is incredible, the level of delusional psychosis and suspension of rational thought is staggering. THIS is how you leave yourself open to suggestion. Not one single person thinks 'someone got lazy and posted an old photo that fits the story (bar date and location) with a disclaimer. No, it's the New World Order and the bloody BBC part of it. Have you any idea how much the government of the UK, Labour and Conservative both, HATE the independent and liberal BBC. Any idea how much the Hatton enquiry hamstrung BBC kick the government and call them to account constantly. They'd rip chunks off each other given any chance. The BBC harangued the Labour government about Iraq, did everything to try and turn public opinion to the truth and the consequences. Oil men, defense corps, etc – yes, but the BBC, sh1t, grow the f*ck up and get a grip

the videos and pictures you guys posted have mysteriously been taken down.

beebeecee does this all the time, they do in aisia, sri lanka and they really messed up the translations in a certain country recently….

Regarding the recent shootdown of a Turkish aircraft by Syria, the question I have is whether the aircraft that was shot down was, in fact, an actual piloted RF-4E (Reconnaissance model) as Turkey/NATO are claiming it was??

I'm thinking it may very well have been something else altogether – the QF-4 UNMANNED Target Drone.

Please check out my new article if you want to know more about this very suspicious "incident".

This is yet another bizarre and disgusting scenario put up on the stage, in the hopes of causing uproar in Turkish people, giving somewhat an excuse for the invasion that'll be initiated by the puppet government in Turkey.

And as expected, mainstream media tried to exploit the "act" as much as possible, one of the pilots being an astronaut candidate, finding the boats of the pilots. The usual cheap tricks for playing into people's most intricate feelings.

One doubt I have about your unmanned plane theory – that would make just perfect sense- but father of one of the 2 pilots talked to the reporters and said he was devastated about his loss but didn't want a war with Syria. It'd have fitted better had he said he wanted revenge.

ahh such a pain to watch these clowns that are the Turkish government.

The Corporate bought Media really are the propagenda mouth piece for the Globalists.Propagandawith an agenda.They will repeat this war of aggression over and over with valor to condition and seduce us,at the point where someday soonit will be televised as reality.

What we all must remember is, as much as there is bad working against us we have just as much good working for us and in us. as my mum always says what happens in the dark will always come out in the light! Exciting times people lets not be afraid of the light 🙂

Good spot, popular mainstream media, I can't believe people still depend on it…

"In examining the CIA's past and present use of the U.S. media, the Committee finds two reasons for concern. The first is the potential, inherent in covert media operations, for manipulating or incidentally misleading the American public." — Frank Church

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." — William Casey, CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." –William Colby

"An intelligence service is the ideal vehicle for a conspiracy." – Allen Dulles

if you dont eat your meat, how can you have any pudding?

who would you people want to run the world if not the bilderberg? maybe a homeless guy or stone occupy member? some one has to be in charge! wake up people. think for yourselves.

its so obvious that the elite control the media. that way, they also control the billions of people who watch t.v. by feeding us what they want us to belive. invariably, they control the world. pity though. feel scared and sad for the world and all its innocents.

It's doubtful that the photo showed what the Western Media said it showed when it was first released in 2003. Back then, the Western Media was trying hard to demonize Saddam Hussein. The Western Media also tried to demonize Muhammar Qaddafi. On 9/11/2001, the BBC's Judy Standley announced the "unexpected" collapse if WTC more that 20 minutes before it happened. See The BBC's 'WTC 7 Collapsed At 4:54 p.m.' Videos at

The BBC, and all Western Media, are propaganda mills for the NATO and Zionist fascists.

I'm from Serbia, or should I say what's left from it, and all of this sounds painfuly familiar… Starting with demonisation of Serbs and destroying Yugoslavia, up to funding Albanian terrorists (Kosovo liberation army) and building NATO bases, while mass media presented all of this as a necessity in order to keep peace in the Balkans. It's all a big game and we ain't winning. But the worst part is, when Serbian revolution began in 2000 and Milosevic was overthrown, we all believed that it was our choice, our fight and our victory. I was in the first lines in this revolution, coughing up tear gas and fighting with the police, and 10 years later I realized it was all part of the plan… CIA trained „our revolutionaries“ called OTPOR (eng. – resistance; you've probably seen that logo with clenched fist used in Libia later on), and the new government… Read more »

I did some work with the Macedonian Wolves…. they had the same conclusions….stay frosty brother.

I'm inclined to believe @syriangirl's report of the situation. Why? 1) All that combat footage you all see on the news about Iraq and Afghanistan is OLD. Look at the uniforms of all the guys in firefights. They are wearing desert camouflage clothing and green body armor. That outfit was on its way out in 2005. The same year much of the units arriving to Iraq were wearing the Army's "universal camouflage," the blue smurf crap. How is this relevant? The news media manipulates the view of the wars. To what end is the question we need to ask and find out. 2) Saddam, Gaddafi, and Mubarak were US government patsies. Lets not mention Manuel Noriega. They received millions of tax payers dollars in aid. Sure there was a fall out between the US and them a couple decades before. Who cares, they fractured the Middle East by being in… Read more »

i think he should talk bout the zombie apocalypse :

its crazy

PLEASE stop with this "zombie apocalypse" crap, it's called CANNIBALISM. I wonder how it would feel if your it happened to your family member and people were going on on and on about something FICTIONAL like zombies. This is real freaking life. People need to stop making light of it (even if you don't mean to, there's a mental dissconnect there when you can't acknowledge that cannibalism is catching on in our society)

Societal breakdown is starting to occur right before our eyes.

It's like in one of the Hunger Games books. They find out that The Capitol was using old footage of the destroyed district 13. The Hunger Games is now and Idocracy is now XD

spoiler alert >.<

also guys the EU's economy is in a state of serious emergency……there's alot of craziness happening right….

saw this headline just now on bbc:

Russian policy on Syria is going to contribute to a civil war, the US secretary of state says, as the UN warns of a looming "catastrophic" conflict there."

"UN WARNS OF A LOOMING CATASTROPHIC CONFLICT" Yeah, they are definitely gearing up for war.

Thanks for reporting on this. It turns my stomach to see such blatant manipulation of the public. I often wonder how on earth governments can get so many reporters to do this kind of thing at once. The story on Syria has been obviously skewed from the first day it appeared in western media. This latest atrocity was reported very carefully in stages, to convince the average American/British reader: 1) OMG, look how evil the Syrian government is! 2) OMG, look how awesome President Obama is for condemning this act! …. and then, finally, 3) Look how evil Russia is for supporting evil Assad! It feels like the Cold War didn't ever stop. If I lived in Syria, I would be terrified. The US and Russia are both campaigning heavily to control the region for their own benefit. And what can the average person do to combat this? Very little,… Read more »
@julianol i think that Islamic groups or brotherhood are the Arabian version of zionism thats a fact they r both in the same place where do u think the word 'brotherhood' came from ? Isalmists now have reached highly important places in authority in egypt libya yemen and tunisia they wanna take over syria to spread this ideology which we as syrian ppl completly condemn and refuse it. I think the west owns Al Qaeda and 9/11 was an iniside job to distort the image of islam and to declare war against iraq and afganistan and the moment obama decalred the death of bin laden by us forces while we all know he had something wrong with his kidney or watever it was the beginning of new era of political islam as they say … an all that only to protect israel and the zionists interests in the middle east… Read more »

Just read this to confirm that the Muslim Brotherhood and the likes are indeed Zionists…


I believe the Nephilim are able to sire children. Don't need to look far for examples.

In Indonesia, there are a lot of cases whereby demonic beings called Gunderwo (or Genderwo), which are hairy, dark, and can imitate a man's physical image, raping women and these women sired demonic children and there are a lot of these children still living till today. And yes, cases such as these are still happening.

I f*****g hate the world I live in.


and yet, people believe what the bbc says about israel.

this fake photo actually instigated the murders of jewish schoolchildren in france.

i wish people would realize that every major news source is controlled and is a lie, and I wish alternate news media was given more attention and our news was more varied.

plus it ALWAYS creeps me out when all the news stations repeat the same things, word for word, on every channel around the same time. Jon Stewart actually compiled a clip of this happening about an issue for gay-marriage I believe. every single newscaster said they same dialogue, and it wasn't even "normal" dialogue. wonder who controls what is on ALL of their teleprompters?

Hey guys.. am syrian i come to this site2 yrs now an i love it :)…i know u wanna know wats all the mess in syria is about an i know u dont trust ur media so am going to tell u the truth (which ll be shocking to the most of u )….this fake revolution is led and funded by the west and the Arab Gulf …yes the Arab Gulf…this revolution is nt wat u think (peaceful protestors and the police is hitting and killing them) actully its completly the opposite way too much. Syria now my friends is drowned with islamists terrorists and illegal weapons wich is funded by the west and the islamist arab gulf… why? because they wanna help the west taking over the middle east and have the full authority on it (nwo=new middle east) . My ppl r dying in streets by bombed cars… Read more »

syrian girl. that's exactly what happened in the u.s. in the south.

but most people aren't paying attention.

they murdered or deported all original residents.

then they told all government contractors they could only hire spanish-speakers, so original residents could not resettle.

Hello Syrian Girl, Very interesting what you say. For ages I have suspected this so-called 'Arab Spring' used by propagandists in West (and even some of alternative sources etc believe this) to be the natural demand for democracy in Middle Eastern countries as a sham. As uprisings sponsored by the very elite behind all the war mongering and evils going on in the world. So how do you then see the lynchpin to all of this globalist agenda, 9/11? I ask because many in the Truth movement will usually attack Zionism as beeing deeply involved in 9/11 etc etc but turn a blind eye to Islamic involvement. It is as though they cannot keep those two things in their head at same time as being party to a globalist agenda. YET soon after the attacks for example the Bin Laden family were allowed to fly out of the country when… Read more »

you guys have become so paranoid that you no longer see the truth, the syrian army is defending the syrian people? give me a break, 15,000 + people are DEAD, the only people in syria armed to the teeth are the syrian army, not the rebels. this revolution DID start out peacefully, but it was the regime that turned it towards violence. I hope and pray that your country sees peace, and is free from Russian and American/Israeli meddling, but your analysis is false, there is far too much evidence against what you are saying.

What you are saying here is clearly an example of disinformation. BTW, I am also Syrian from Damascus.

The regime (government/army/secret services) has on its hands the blood of the peaceful Syrian people who were demonstrating in the streets asking for freedom. There is some sort of conspiracy no doubt, but this does not give the government the right to kill the Syrian people (men/women/kids…). More than 15,000 people have been killed in Syria by the regime. The arrested people are estimated to be more 50,000!

Is not more than 40 years is enough for that family to leave the Syrian people make their choice of the president and government?

Freedom for Syria!


I'm disappointed a Syrian thinks the Arab Gulf would want this bloodshed to happen. I'm Emirati, and the massacres happening every day breaks my heart.