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Did Kurdish Activist Give Dog Food to U.S. Secretary of State?

  Sunday 13th October 2019

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Social media pages and accounts have circulated a video of a woman giving a box to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, claiming that “a Kurdish activist gave U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dog food, and told him he must eat it in order to become loyal like dogs, protesting the U.S. treachery of Kurds of Iraq and Syria.”

Verify-Sy platform inspected the video and found that it is unrelated to the Kurdish-U.S. affairs, and the woman who appear in the video is Italian satirist journalist Alice Martinelli, not a Kurdish activist.

The video dates back to October 2, 2019, during a meeting between Pompeo and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome, before the recent Turkish military operation in northeast Syria.

According to Russia Today, Martinelli gave a piece of cheese of Parmigiano-Reggiano to the secretary, expressing Italy’s concerns about Washington’s policy that might threaten Italian food industry.

Of note, commander-in-chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazloum Abdi recently accused Washington of abandoning his forces, following the U.S. withdrawal from its positions near the Syria-Turkey border before the beginning of the Turkish military operation.