Multiple old videos of missile launches are falsely shared as Pakistan’s retaliation against Iran.

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CLAIM 1

Now this is how you retaliate. #MissileAttack

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CLAIM 2

Pakistan retaliates with this missile today, January 18, 2024, against Iran.

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CLAIM 3

Pakistan retaliates against Iran with a Babur missile today, January 18, 2024. They will be launching more missiles like this very soon.

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CLAIM 4

Pakistan successfully shoots the “Babur cruise missile” at Iran’s military base. 6:25 a.m. PST on January 18, 2024. Great Retaliation by the Pakistan Army

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Explanation

On January 17, 2024, late at night, the Pakistan Air Force launched airstrikes against the Baloch Liberation Army facilities in Iran as payback. This has been verified by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry. Mumtaz Baloch, a spokesman for the foreign ministry, stated: “This action has been taken to protect the country against all threats.”

Meanwhile, several videos on X (formerly Twitter) were purported to be from the Pakistan-Iran conflict and also claimed that Pakistan retaliated against Iran with missiles. In all the claimed visuals, we can see rocket-launching videos. In the first claimed video, we can see multiple missiles being launched by missile launcher vehicles. In the second claim, we can see that a huge missile was launched by an army troop, and in the third claim, we can see that a huge rocket was launched and later it crashed and exploded.

What is the Truth? 

We ran a reverse search using the keyframes of the all viral visuals as above mentioned, and we found the original videos from different YouTube channels.

Fact-Check – Claim 1

When we searched for the first viral claim, we found a similar video posted in 2018 on a Facebook account named Harry Boparai. This video has been doing the rounds on the internet at least since March 2018. This clarifies that the viral video is not related to the recent Pakistan-Iran attack.

Fact-Check – Claim 2

The original video was found on the ISPR official YouTube channel and was posted on October 8, 2018.

The video description states, “Pakistan today successfully conducted the training launch of the Ghauri Missile System. The launch was conducted by Army Strategic Forces Command and was aimed at testing the operational and technical readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command.”

According to this, we found that the video is neither recent nor against Iran, as claimed.

Fact-Check – Claim 3

The third video which claimed that Pakistan retaliates against Iran with the Babur missile, was actually posted on May 19, 2014, on a YouTube channel named Martin Vit

Accordingly, we found that this video is from 2013 and is of the failed launch of a Russian rocket, the Proton M, not the video of Pakistan retaliating against Iran.

Fact-Check – Claim 4

In the fourth and final claim, it was mentioned that Pakistan shoots the Babur cruise missile at Iran’s base military camp, but when we searched, we found that the original video is from 2021 when Pakistan, on February 11, 2021, conducted a successful training launch of the Babur cruise missile IA, with a range of 450 kilometers. The original video was on the ISPR YouTube channel.

This viral video is of Pakistan’s ‘Babur Cruise Missile’ launch in 2021, it is neither recent nor targeted at Iran’s military base.

Conclusion

We therefore draw the conclusion that the viral videos are all out of date and unrelated to the recent Pakistan-Iran conflict.

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