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Old Photo: Iranian Press Agency Uses Old Missile Launch Picture In Announcement

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 07 Jan 2020 23:54:40 Z)

Does the tweet announcing the January 7, 2020, Iranian missile strikes on an airbase in Iraq where U.S. troops are based show an actual launch photo? No, that's not true: the exact same image was already used in 2017; it is not a current photo.

This is the tweet in question:

Screenshot of https://twitter.com/FarsNews_Agency/status/1214681636153020416

Here is the image in question:


But the exact same image was already used in June 18, 2017, reports about Iran launching missiles at ISIS:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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