The first significant conspiracy theory claim comes from long-time false flag theory writer Stephen Lendman, and repeated by Iran's state run media site PressTVOn 19 December 2016 at 20:14 CET, a truck ramming attack killed twelve people and injured 49 others in the Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin. Police and the Public Prosecutor are treating it as a terrorist incident. The perpetrator is believed to be on the run and expected to be armed. A Pakistani asylum seeker was arrested and later released due to the lack of evidence, while the original truck driver was found shot dead. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack via Amaq News Agency. However, the group provided no evidence to support its claim it had directed the attack.
PressTV is generally very critical of the US, and has entertained many conspiracy theorists in the past, including Veterans Today who claim that the Sandy Hook school shootings were a hoax.
Stephen Lendman, author and journalist from Chicago, told Press TV’s Top 5 that the attack in a Berlin Christmas market may be a state-sponsored “false-flag” operation to push Germany to play a more active role in the so-called war on terror in the Middle East region.
The journalist opined that “very possibly dirty CIA hands were involved in what happened in Berlin.”
“Germany is a very important US ally and an attack like this could have been staged to get Germany aroused about ... terrorism to [keep] Germany on board of America’s imperial agenda in the Middle East,” Lendman said on Tuesday.
The European country has been “part of America’s imperial wars allied with the rogue regional states like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and the other [Persian] Gulf states,” he noted.
According to Lendman, “The timing [of the incident] coincides with the liberation of Aleppo, with the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey and with the Electoral College in America confirming [US President-elect Donald] Trump’s election as America’s 45th president.”
The Berlin attack came less than a month after the US State Department called for caution in markets and other public places across Europe on the holiday season.