FACT CHECK: Did Israel War Room Post Helicopter Emoji Minutes Before Iranian President Was Killed In Crash?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Instagram claims the Israel War Room X account posted a helicopter emoji minutes before the helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.



Verdict: Misleading

The post was actually uploaded minutes after news outlets broke the news on social media.

Fact Check: 

Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province on Monday, which is being attributed to issues with the helicopter, according to Axios. Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and seven others aboard the helicopter also died in the crash while returning from the opening of a dam, the outlet reported.

An Instagram post appears to show a screenshot of an X post uploaded by Israel War Room’s verified account on May 19, 2024 with a timestamp of 8:58 a.m. The post consists of a single helicopter emoji.

“Israel War Room posted this ‘ambiguous’ emoji minutes before the news of the Iranian president’s helicopter crash landing broke across a majority of news networks around the globe,” the post reads. In larger text at the bottom is the word “Coincidence?”

The post, which is genuine, was published at 8:58 a.m. EST, after news broke of the incident. At 8:53 a.m EST, the Associated Press posted, “BREAKING: Rescuers in Iran are trying to reach a helicopter involved in ‘an incident’ while traveling with an entourage including President Ebrahim Raisi, state television reported.” Iranian newspaper Tehran Times posted about the crash at 8:44 a.m. EST. An additional Iranian news outlet, Tasnim News Agency, posted about the crash at 8:53 a.m. 

The claim was also debunked by PolitiFact. (RELATED: Viral X Photo Of Iranian President Predates Helicopter Crash)

Check Your Fact reached out to an Israel War Room spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter