As is well-known, the UK-based (and GCC-EU-funded) Syrian Observatory has been the major more influential source on numbers and developments in Syria. Even when the director writes from his UK-home that he has "observed" use of chemical weapons by Syrian regime, his "observation" is reported worldwide. Look what happened this week: US special force raided a location near Dayr Az-Zur. Syrian Observatory immediately reported on the "success" of the raid and said that 25 "Jihadis" were killed. How did the Pentagon respond to this number? It said that it was exaggerated.