Did U.S. Marines capture a "deep state base" in a "bloody battle" in Camp San Luis Obispo, California? No, that's not true: A Pentagon duty officer confirmed to Lead Stories that this claim is false. The claim appeared in an article on a website that regularly publishes fabricated content that is often mistaken for real news.
United States Marines on Wednesday captured a Deep State Army National Guard base and killed its commanding officer in what a source in General Eric M. Smith's office called a 'measured response' to Saturday's assault on MCLB Albany, which left a dozen marines dead and twice that number wounded.
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United States Marines on Wednesday captured a Deep State Army National Guard base and killed its commanding officer in what a source in General Eric M. Smith's office called a "measured response" to Saturday's assault on MCLB Albany, which left a dozen marines dead and twice that number wounded.
Lead Stories contacted the Pentagon to ask about the claim. In an email on October 18, 2023, a duty officer responded:
That is absolutely false.
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