FACT CHECK: Images Don’t Show US Bases Struck By Drones

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A post shared on X claims to show US bases being struck by drones.

Verdict: False

Both images predate the alleged strikes by years.

Fact Check:

The White House warned Monday that it appeared Iran was “actively facilitating rocket and drone attacks by Iranian-backed proxy groups” across U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria, according to Reuters. Groups allegedly backed by Iran have launched a series of drone attacks on bases, and are planning to increase the number if the Gaza-Israel conflict continues, CNN reported.

Social media users are claiming to show U.S. military bases in the Middle East that were struck by drones. One post reads, “Three US Military Bases 🇺🇸, in the Middle East, were reportedly struck by Iranian drones 🇮🇷. Pics are from a group unifying radicals in Iraq 🇮🇶, tied to Iran 🇮🇷. 👉 Today is 40 years since the Beirut Marine Barracks 🇺🇸 bombing by Islamic Jihad & Iran.”

However, through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the images predate the alleged strikes by years. For example, the image showing an explosion has been circulating since 2020 and was published in a February 2020 BBC News article about cross-border violence between Gaza and Israel.

“Israel said it launched the air strikes in Gaza and Syria in response to rocket fire,” reads the image caption. (RELATED: X Video Shows High-Rise Buildings Being Demolished In China, Is not Linked To Israel-Hamas War)

The second image appears to be from 2018 and shows an Israeli airstrike on a Hamas television station. The image caption reads,”An explosion is seen during an Israeli air strike on Hamas’s television station, in Gaza City November 12, 2018. (Reuters).”

Note: This article relies on breaking news. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

Elias Atienza

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