As Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two bases housing US troops in Iraq, posters on social media began sharing old video and images as though they were from Wednesday’s attack.
Misinformation also came from other sources, like this image shared by Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency:
Another striking photo appears to show Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei personally supervising the strike.
But the picture looks very much like a photoshopped version of a photo which was taken, according to the Office of the Supreme Leader’s website, during the Revolutionary Guard’s 2014 Aerospace Force Exhibition.
Other outdated photos are still on Twitter, like this one which purportedly shows the Al Asad Air Base in flames after being hit:
The picture is actually from Gaza, and it shows an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza on November 15, 2019.
Immediately after the strike, another picture purporting to show a rocket targeting a base near Erbil made the rounds. Again, it’s from last year and from an Israeli strike in Syria as a reverse image search shows.
This photo was shared by a fake news outlet on Twitter to illustrate last night’s airstrikes. The picture is of Iranian strikes in eastern Syria targeting militants.
Besides fake images, old videos were also shared to purportedly show Iranian missiles striking in Iraq.
This video, still online, was actually shot in 2015 in Luhansk, Ukraine, as this YouTube link shows.
Another video – shared by a parody Robert De Niro account among others and still on Twitter – is from May 2019 and it shows Qatar Emir land forces, according to Military.com.
Former CIA Cindy Otis and other disinformation experts highlighted some of the misinformation in Twitter threads.