Daniel Funke
By Daniel Funke January 8, 2020

Old photos of Iran, Israel missile strikes recycled for attack on US bases

On Facebook, some users shared old photos of Iranian and Israeli missile strikes after the attack on two United States air bases in Iraq.

Two of the photos, which a popular Facebook page published Jan. 7, depict several missiles being launched from the foreground of a mountain range. One appears to show an explosion. 

"Approximately half an hour ago Iran attacked US Base in Iraq," the page wrote in its caption.

The images were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) They have been shared more than 15,000 times.

(Screenshot from Facebook)

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The photos don’t show the missiles that hit the Al Asad and Erbil bases in Iraq on Jan. 7. Using reverse image searches, we traced the images to three old missile strikes by Iran and Israel.

The top photo depicts an Oct. 1, 2018, strike by Iran against the Islamic State in Syria. Its source is the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The photo on the bottom-left of the Facebook post shows a June 18, 2017, attack by Iran also against the Islamic State in Syria. It’s a handout that Iran’s state TV gave the European Pressphoto Agency.

The photo on the bottom-right of the Facebook post depicts the impact of a Nov. 15, 2019, Israeli missile strike in the Gaza Strip. Its source is the AFP.

Below is footage that Iran has released from its Jan. 7 strike in Iraq. There were no reported casualties.

The Facebook posts are inaccurate. We rate them False.

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