FACT CHECK: Do These Viral Images Show The Missiles Iran Fired At Military Bases Housing US Troops In Iraq?


A viral Facebook post allegedly shows three images of the missiles that Iran fired at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq Jan. 7.

“Approximately half an hour ago Iran attacked US Base (sic) in Iraq,” reads the post.

Verdict: False

The top and bottom-left images show Iranian missiles fired into Syria, while the bottom-right image shows an Israeli strike on a town in the Gaza Strip.

Fact Check:

Two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq came under missile attack from Iran Jan. 7. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said they fired the missiles in retaliation against the U.S. for the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a Jan. 3 drone strike, according to The New York Times.

A viral post falsely alleges that three images show Iranian missiles from that Jan. 7 attack either being launched or hitting a target. The post has been shared more than 14,000 times. (RELATED: Do Saudi Arabia And Its Allies Spend 8 Times More Than Iran Militarily?)

Through a reverse image search, the Daily Caller discovered that the top photograph actually shows several ballistic missiles fired by Iran into Syria. The IRGC released the photo

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