Fake photo? Iranian drone photo may be two years old

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As GL covered earlier, calling it an ‘intruding American spy,’ Iran shot down a United States military drone, a move that appears to have escalated the already shaky situation playing out between Washington and Tehran in the Middle East.

The sun reports When revealing Iran had shot down the drone, the country’s state-run IRNA news agency released a photo of the drone appearing to spiral towards Earth.

It claimed the image showed a RQ-4 Global Hawk, a US military drone, being blasted out the sky over Iranian territory.

However the same photograph – albeit in a wider crop – had previously appeared in a two-year-old report of a spy drone being shot down over Yemen in 2017.

That report quoted Yemeni military sources as saying it showed an American MQ 9 drone falling to Earth near the country’s capital Sanaa – and included pictures of the crashed drone burning on the ground.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Iran mistakenly shared the old image or whether it was a deliberate attempt at spreading misinformation.

An hour ago GL reported President Trump weighed in saying ‘Iran made a very big mistake’. The President has always said the we don’t broadcast our next move to our enemies – perhaps he is following those guidelines.

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