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2015 Photo From Iran Naval Drill Falsely Claimed As Houthi Attack On US Warship

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

Photo of a US warship attacked by Yemen.

US, UK forces repel Houthi attack

U.S. and British naval forces reportedly shot down 21 drones and missiles fired by Yemen-based Houthis towards the southern Red Sea, the United States said. The barrage was considered the largest attack in the area by the militants to date as the three-month-long war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza spills over into other parts of the Middle East.

The archived version of the tweet can be seen here.

Fact

Newschecker ran a reverse image search of the viral image, which led us to this multiple news reports from February 2015, seen here, here and here, featuring the same photo.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard blew up a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier during defence drills conducted near the Persian Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz, a major passage for world oil shipments, according to the media reports, which credited the February 25, 2015, photo to AP.

“The ‘maquette of an American aircraft carrier’ was built to scale and targeted with cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, according to Fars News, which is linked to the Revolutionary Guard,” read an Arab News report, dated February 26, 2015.

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Result: False

Sources
Time report, February 25, 2015
Arab News report, February 26, 2015


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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