Some images massively shared on social networks and which claim to illustrate the strikes carried out by Iran against American bases in Iraq are in fact false.
Iran fired missiles at bases housing American soldiers in Iraq on the night of Tuesday January 7 to Wednesday January 8, in retaliation for the Washington assassination of General Qassem Soleimani. Many images testify to the operation, but some of them are false. The Franceinfo False True Unit takes stock of three videos.
This video compiles several old images including Iranian strikes dating from 2018
First there is this video which claims to illustrate the Iranian missile strikes that hit an American military base in Iraq on the night of January 7 to 8. It's wrong.
The video is a montage that compiles several old images. The first sequence, from 00:00 to 00:30 seconds, is indeed an Iranian ballistic missile strike but carried out against Syria in October 2018 (the original video posted by AFP). Iran had effectively launched six missiles at a camp “terrorist” in eastern Syria, in retaliation for the bombing that plunged the town of Ahvaz in Iran on September 22, 2018.
The other problematic passage of the video – and it's not the least impressive – from 00:31 to 00:45, shows a multiple launch of rockets. However, according to the Iraqis, these are missiles which were launched on the night of January 7 to 8, 2020. According to the American site Military.com, specialized in military questions, it is the system Astros II MLRS of the land forces of the Emir of Qatar, produced in Brazil.
This video actually shows Russian military exercises dating back to 2014
There is also this video which claims once again to show the Iranian raid carried out against the Americans, during the night of January 7 to 8 in Iraq. Again this is false.
– idk (@litasadiamond) January 7, 2020
The video, first published in May 2014, actually shows military exercises in which “Russian artillery, aviation and anti-missile defense troops have trained to destroy ground enemies and respond to ballistic, air and nuclear strikes”, according to the RT news channel. These trainings were carried out on the eve of Victory Day, which commemorates the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Allied troops in what the Soviets called the Great Patriotic War (June 1941- May 1945).
This video shows Saudi oil sites targeted by Iran in September 2019
According to netizens, this other video would show several explosions in the center of Baghdad. It's wrong.
– Yusuf İşler (@ yusufislereng1) January 8, 2020
The original video was posted by Bloomberg News correspondent Javier Blas on September 14, 2019. It is actually the oil facility destroyed at the Abqaiq site in Saudi Arabia. The attack, which took place on September 14, 2019, was attributed by the United States to Iran. On December 11, the UN said it was unable to confirm Iran's involvement in the attack.