Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Air Defense and Missile Impact in Ukraine -- Shows Missile in Baghdad

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Air Defense and Missile Impact in Ukraine -- Shows Missile in Baghdad Iraq ≠ Ukraine

Did a recent video published on TikTok and other places, showing red tracers going up in the sky and a missile impacting, depict events in Ukraine? No, that's not true: The video dates back to January 13, 2022, and shows a C-RAM system engaging a missile near Baghdad's Green Zone and an impact followed by an explosion.

The video originally appeared in a TikTok video from a (now deleted) account named @orte4k but was republished here on TikTok (archived here) late in February 2022 with captions indicating the events took place in Ukraine. This is what the video looked like:

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(Source: screenshot taken by Lead Stories on February 26, 2022)

In reality, the video shows an incident that took place on January 13, 2022, in Baghdad, Iraq:


  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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