The New York Times reported that one of its senior editors is investigating a group of field reports on Syria for her correspondent, Rukmini Callimachi, who is of Roman origin, following the combination of a number of factors that raise doubts in these reports recently, most notably the reservations of her colleagues regarding the reliability of her reports.
It was claimed in 2014 that the Syrian journalist detained by ISIS, Louay Abu al Majd, had seen with his own eyes the US hostage James Foley, in an abandoned building of potato chips in the city of Aleppo, the latest of which was the arrest of a person called “Abu Hudhaifa,” whose real name was “Shahrouz Chaudhry” by Canadian authorities, on charges of publishing false reports.
The newspaper said that Callimachi concluded a professional contract with a figure called Derek Henry Flood, with a salary of $ 250 per day, after he informed her that he was in the Syrian city of Manbij, and asked him to go to the popular markets in the city, and to inquire about a Canadian Muslim fighter called “Abu Hudhaifa” in the year 2018.
According to the newspaper report, Flood explained that his operator, Callimachi, was exclusively asking him to confirm the narrative of the Canadian character, “Abu Hudhaifa,” about the course of the battles in northern Syria.
And that one of the gold dealers in Manbij warned him of the dangers of his inquiries, which now arouse a dangerous attention.
In the course of the investigation of other “New York Times” reporters about the identification of “Abu Hudhaifa”, they told its editors that, according to fighters who defected from “ISIS”, no one had heard of him at all.
The newspaper indicated the suspicions of its correspondents, the journalists dispatched to the Middle East, especially the Syrian journalist Karam Shomali, regarding the veracity and reliability of Callimachi’s reports, especially as she does not know Arabic, describing terrorists as “extraordinary soldiers”.
What is striking about the seriousness of Callimachi’s suspicious reports is the reliance of US administration officials on their content to warn of a “wave of attacks launched by ISIS inside the United States,” without the slightest physical evidence.
According to her narrative about the American hostage, James Foley, it proved inaccurate and Callimachi had to apologize for her to her editors.