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Associated Press Botches Trump Debate Fact Check on Assad and the Islamic State, Then Botches It Again

The Associated Press (AP) botched a presidential debate "fact check" last night when it rated false Trump's claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian army were fighting the Islamic State.

But after it was noted by some experts that recent AP reporting documented fighting between the Syrian regime and ISIS, the news organization backtracked on the "fact check" -- but in fact made it worse.

The AP's initial "fact check" flat out rated Trump's claim false in a now-deleted tweet:

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Then some experts on Twitter noted to the AP that its "fact check" directly contradicted some of the AP's own recent reporting:

Even this month the Assad regime has been striking ISIS positions in their ongoing confrontation with the terror group around Deir ez Zor:

The Assad regime is also fighting against ISIS near Aleppo and several other locations around Syria:

This morning, that earlier tweet was removed and replaced by one claiming that it was only "partially true":

The correction, however, didn't improve the quality of the AP's "fact check." It actually made it worse.