In the Syrian war, it has been coming by both sides to invent stories. But the first time I can remember when fake news were invented was by the dumb Israeli Mossad. When Israel began its terrorist assault on Lebanon in July 2006, they leaked through a "friendly" sleazy Saudi "news" site, Elaph, among other sources a fake story claiming to be Reuters that suggested that Lebanese mega star, Haifa Wehbe, had criticized Hasan Nasrallah. Saudi regime media ran with the story but it took only a few days for Haifa to come out and expose the story as a lie. Since then, regimes have resorted to this kind of fake quotations and citations.