Fact Check: Did US anti-missile system bring down Iranian missiles ?

Hyderabad: US killed Iran General Qassem Sulemani in a drone strike, near Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020. This escalated the tension between the US and Iran, leading to Iranian missile attack on the Iraqi military bases housing US troops on January 8th, 2020.

After this event, a video is going viral on both Twitter and Facebook claiming that ‘Iran fired 12 missiles at an American base in Iraq…old story. News report that – Iranian missiles missed. What is not talked about is the US automatic missile defense system that took almost all of them down.’

Iran fired 12 missiles at an American base in Iraq…old story. News report that – Iranian missiles missed. What is not talked about is the US automatic missile defense system that took almost all of them down. It’s a battery of 50 caliber guns that fires 3000 rounds per minute at the incoming missile(s).Here is a video of what happened.

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This video shows that none of the missiles could reach the ground and thus no damage was done. It has been incessantly shared on the facebook during the previous days.

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Fact Check:

Newsmeter performed a Reverse image search in Google and Yandex, using the keyframes extracted from the video with help of Invid tool. By performing Keyword search, we found a video on a Japanese Youtube channel has uploaded this video by the name ‘The moment of shooting down the phalanx Tomahawk cruise missile Sius’ in Japanese. This video was uploaded by the channel on June 24, 2019.

Video is also called CIWS Phalanx cruise missile BGM-109 Tomahawk ARMA3. It was also spread as Israel’s latest anti-missile defence system, in Spetember 2019 and also as Russian anti-missile shooting down Israeli missiles in Syria. This has been fact checked by India Today at that time.

The video contains Computer generated Imagery and NOT real-life situation.

We also found various news articles reporting injuries to the soldiers present in the Iraqian military base, they shared traumatic pictures of the attack indicating that Iranian missiles indeed damaged the military base hurting the US soldiers based there.

Therefore, claim that the video shows the US anti-missile system bringing down Iranian missiles is FALSE. It is part of a Japanese based video game named CIWS Phalanx cruise missile BGM-109 Tomahawk ARMA3. US Soldiers were injured during these missile attacks and were sent for immediate medical care.

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist.
Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support.
A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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