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Thu Jan 9, 2020, 07:44 AM

Misinformation swirls online after Iran's missile attack on U.S. targets in Iraq


Jan. 9, 2020, 12:47 AM EST

By Suzanne Ciechalski and Rima Abdelkader

Not long after Iran fired ballistic missiles targeting U.S. forces at two Iraqi air bases, misinformation began appearing on social media, including outdated photos and videos falsely presented as showing the attacks.

A Twitter user responded Tuesday to a tweet from President Donald Trump with an image purported to be Ain al-Asad air base under attack. The image was actually from an incident in the Gaza Strip, which borders Israel, in November.

Image: Gaza Strip attackA ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Nov. 15, 2019

The Iranian Fars News Agency tweeted an outdated image purported to depict a missile launched in the attack Tuesday. The photo actually shows a missile heading toward Syria in 2017.


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