On January 10th an article was published on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page under the headline “US to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria – Pompeo”.
“The US will work with allies to “expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
Mr Pompeo warned there would be no US reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Iran and its proxies had left.”
Most versions of that report go on to include a section headed “Why did Pompeo mention Iran?” in which BBC audiences are told that:
“Iran, alongside Russia, has been supporting the Syrian government in the Syrian civil war, providing arms, military advisers, and reportedly combat troops.” [emphasis added]
The Oxford Dictionary’s definition of the word ‘reportedly’ is as follows:
“According to what some say (used to express the speaker’s belief that the information…
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