This Associated Press photo shows a Russian military campaign in Chechnya in 2000
A photo of military vehicles firing an artillery barrage has been shared thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook alongside a Tagalog-language caption warning Filipinos about Iran’s attack on US military bases in Iraq. The photo has been shared in a misleading context; it is actually an Associated Press photo that was taken in 2000 of a Russian military campaign in Chechnya.
The photo was shared here on Facebook on January 8, 2020 -- the same day that Iran launched missiles at two airbases in Iraq that host US troops.
Iran's missiles targeted two airbases hosting American and other foreign troops from a US-led coalition, in response to a US strike January 3 that killed a top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, AFP reported here.
The misleading post’s Tagalog-language caption reads: "BREAKING NEWS!!! / Iran fired missiles at US bases of America in Iraq! Take care fellow Filipinos in the middle east! Always be prepared! Always bring your passport and money!"
Below is a screenshot of the misleading post, which has been shared more than 5,000 times:
The photo has been shared in a misleading context; it is actually an Associated Press photo of a Russian military offensive against rebels in Chechnya in 2000.
Google reverse image and keyword searches found the photo published on this Associated Press (AP) page.
Below is a screenshot of the AP photo:
The AP photo caption reads: “Russian artillery fire towards rebel positions near the Chechen capital Grozny, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000. Russian troops battled Islamic rebels Sunday in increasingly intense fighting for control of Grozny, the capital of the breackaway republic of Chcehnya, military officials said. (AP Photo/Maxim Marmur)”.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading posts (L) and the AP photo (R):
Footage from Iranian state TV of the actual January 8 missile strike on the Ain al-Asad airbase can be seen here on AFP’s Youtube page.
Following the missile strike, the Philippine government tasked its embassy in Baghdad with effecting the mandatory evacuation of some 1,640 Filipinos in Iraq, according to this government advisory.