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Did The United States Threaten Iraq With Coronavirus In 1990? Edited Video of Saddam Hussein Went Viral

Claim

The United States of America threatened Iraq with Coronavirus in 1990.

 

 

Verification

Amid panic over the novel coronavirus, several rumor-mongering messages and graphics are doing the rounds on various social media platforms. Among them is a video of Iraq’s former President Saddam Hussein claiming that the United States of America threatened Iraq with Coronavirus in 1990 and COVID19 is their biological weapon.

 

Twitter user African Revolt shared the viral video. The text reads, “Listen to Saddam Hussein. He was convening a meeting with his cabinet in 1990, telling them how America has threatened Iraq with CoronaVirus. This proves that Corvid-19 is a US biological weapon”

 

 

We found that several users shared the viral video on Facebook and Twitter. The viral video was also sent by several readers to Newschecker’s WhatsApp helpline number for verification.

 

 

 

 

Fact Check:

 

With the help of ‘InVid’, we got multiple keyframes of the video. By using a reverse-image search on one of the keyframes, we found a video uploaded on the  YouTube channel ‘AP Archive’. The video was uploaded on 21st July 2015. We analyzed the viral video and the video uploaded on YouTube from frame to frame and established that it is the same video doing rounds on social media.

 

 

 

Furthermore, when we listened to the YouTube video, we found that Saddam Hussein did not use the word “coronavirus” in 1990 whereas when we listen to the viral video, we can hear the virus word multiple times.

 

 

We also compared the YouTube video with the viral footage and found that the 2:03 minute-long viral video has repeated visuals taken from the original footage. Also, the voice of Saddam Hussein in the original footage does not match with one in the viral video.

 

Meanwhile, we also checked the YouTube video’s description. According to the AP Archive description, Saddam Hussein said, “If God wills it and we have to run after the enemy, then we will do it.” Also, in AP’s description, we found that Saddam Hussein did not refer to the word ‘Coronavirus’ in the original video.

 

 

Conclusion:

It is evident from our fact check that the video doing the rounds on social media claiming that the US had threatened Iraq with Coronavirus in 1990 and COVID19 is their biological weapon is edited and is false.

 

 

Sources

 

  • InVid
  • Google Search
  • Twitter Search
  • Google Reverse Image Search

 

Result: False

 

 

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Shaminder Singh
Shaminder Singh
Shaminder started off his career as a freelance journalist for a consulting and research firm. He has been a Political Strategist and Media Manager. Before joining Newschecker, he worked with various reputed media agencies like Daily Post India, PTC News.
Shaminder Singh
Shaminder Singh
Shaminder started off his career as a freelance journalist for a consulting and research firm. He has been a Political Strategist and Media Manager. Before joining Newschecker, he worked with various reputed media agencies like Daily Post India, PTC News.

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