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Iran duped Pakistan into Israel nuke threat as tiny part of huge fakery campaign

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  1. DavidSling

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    Investigation by Reuters finds over 70 news sites in 15 countries, with over a million online followers, have been disseminating pro-Tehran misinformation and propaganda for years
    By TOI STAFF30 November 2018, 10:37 pm 2
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      Shiite Muslims burn representation of Israeli and US flags during a rally to mark Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, June 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)


      An incident in 2016, when Pakistan’s defense minister threatened Israel with nuclear attack in the wake of what turned out to be a fake news story, has been revealed to be just one small instance of an Iran-based global disinformation campaign that has been running for six years and has included dozens of news and media outlets.

      According to an extensive Reuters investigation published Friday, over 70 news sites have been spreading disinformation and pushing a pro-Tehran narrative in 15 countries, as part of a widespread and sophisticated online campaign to influence public option all over the world.

      The investigation directly tied the sites to Iran, but not to the Iranian government itself. “They look like normal news and media outlets, but only a couple disclose any Iranian ties,” Reuters noted. “They have published in 16 different languages, from Azerbaijani to Urdu.”

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      According to the Reuters piece, headlined “How Iran spreads disinformation around the world,” the Iran-linked news and media sites it uncovered draw more than half a million visitors a month, and are served by social media accounts with over a million followers.

      It said journalists, cybersecurity experts and social media firms are only now starting to uncover the scope of the Iranian influence campaign. The report revealed a number of news sites targeting audiences across the Middle East and North Africa with pro-Iranian propaganda, often times alongside authentic news stories, some dating back to 2012.

      The Reuters investigation established that the news agency called “Another Western Dawn,” which duped the Pakistani defense minister into issuing a nuclear threat against Israel in December 2016, is linked to Iran.

      At the time, Defense Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif threatened Israel in response to what he thought was a threat, falsely reported by AWDnews.com, ostensibly issued by then defense minister Moshe Ya’alon to use nuclear force if Pakistan sent troops to Syria.

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      Truck-mounted missiles on display at the IDEAS 2008 defense exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan. (Wiki Creative Commons/SyedNaqvi90)
      The AWDnews article was headlined, “Israeli Defense Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops to Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack.”

      It falsely quoted Ya’alon saying: “As far as we are concerned,that is a threat,if, by misfortune, they arrive in Syria, we will know what to do,we will destroy them with a nuclear attack.”

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      Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif prior to their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 12, 2018. (Pakistan Press Information Department via AP)
      The Pakistani minister tweeted: “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh. Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too.” (“Daesh” is an acronym for Islamic State.)

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      Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon visiting the Arrow II intercepting missile launcher at the Palmahim Israeli Air Force base March 2, 2015. (Photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)
      Israel’s Defense Ministry quickly issued a statement making clear that the AWDnews story was false, and Asif was roundly criticized by Pakistani officials for responding to it.

      AWDnews offers content in English, French, Spanish and German. According to data from web analytics data, its website receives around 12,000 monthly visitors.

      Reuters said politicians in Britain, Jordan, India and the Netherlands, as well as human-rights activists, an Indian music composer and a Japanese rap star, have all shared bogus AWDnews stories in the past.

      In 2014, Israel’s then-finance minister Yair Lapid quoted a AWDnews storythat falsely attributed pro-Israeli statements to Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal.

      Al-Faisal’s remarks were quoted by several media outlets in Israel, though regional policy experts confirmed to The Times of Israel at the time that the Saudi foreign minister never made any such statement in public.

      The AWDnews site regularly fabricates reports about Israel and the Muslim world, including reports claiming Israel orchestrated the conflict in Ukraine and that the Mossad is closely tied to the Islamic State jihadist group.

      Reuters said it traced the dozens of disinformation sites back to Iran by their various links to the International Union of Virtual Media (IUVM). The report said some websites carry stories, videos and cartoons supplied by the Tehran-headquartered IUVM, while others, which make no mention of the agency, list IVUM contact information in their website’s online registration’s records.

      On its website, IUVM lists among its goals: “Confronting with remarkable arrogance, western governments and Zionism front activities to correct the deflection of people movements in world,” and “Explaining the importance of Palestine and Quds issue to Internet audience.” Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

      The majority of IUVM-linked sites target readers in Yemen, where Iran and Saudi Arabia have been fighting a proxy war, according to the report. The sites also target audiences in Syria, Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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      Emails sent to IVUM bounced back, Reuters said, and all phone numbers provided by the agency were not in service. Other news outlets carrying IUVM content were also found to have bogus addresses and phone numbers.

      Reuters said its investigation found that the sites “clearly support Iran’s government and amplify antagonism to countries opposed to Tehran — particularly Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States.”

      Noted Reuters: “The identity or location of the past owners of some of the websites is visible in historical Internet registration records: 17 of 71 sites have in the past listed their locations as Iran or Tehran, or given an Iranian telephone or fax number. But who owns them now is often hidden.”

      Twice in 2018, social media firms have removed accounts, groups or pages linked to a stealth influence campaign out of Iran.

      In October, Facebook said it took down accounts linked to an Iranian effortto influence US and British politics with messages about charged topics such as immigration and race relations.

      The social network identified 82 pages, groups and accounts that originated in Iran and violated policy on coordinated “inauthentic” behavior. It carried out an even broader sweep in August, removing 652 pages, groups and accounts linked to both Iran or Russia. IUVM’s Facebook page was removed in the August sweep.

      In addition to Facebook, in recent months Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Google have removed accounts that were found to be linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting as part of a misinformation campaign dating back to at least January 2017.

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  2. BHarwana

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    Yes se of it is Iranian propaganda but rest of the major factor is Israeli forces killing Palestinian every day. Now Israel killing Palestinian every day in Gaza and other Palestinian states is also propaganda?
     
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    That was really embarrassing. He should have confirmed the news from more than one source before issuing such a statement and I think a public threat is always a stupid thing. It should be conveyed through proper channels.
     
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    Well Iran does not have to do a thing(not saying they did or didn't do mentioned campaign..I didn't check article yet) Iisrael and US is doing all jobs for Iran....So it is not iran doing why whole world don't like Israel...israel became same as nazi Germany which is sadly ..and what to say about US...just count victims of their wars..they killed many times more civilians in these wars than Hitler killed jews in WWII ..In my country people learn(as I also) about 5-6 millions of Jews as victims of holocaust..and I don't want to start discussion about numbers just want to point out..if you take a look..only in Iraq by 2013 there was about 0.5 million civilian victims and numbers say that more than 1 million iraqy citizens died till 2015...and it is only one war.....Again I don't want to start discussion about numbers...but it is simple...Israel is implementing ethnic purge last 40 years and if you just take lookmap of state of israel..official one and than look maps of situation on the ground over time it is clear what is happening even retarded idiot would see..thus laws it use ..it is fucking apartheid..even all jews are not in same postion....and they call themself democracy
    ...As I said..same thing as nazi Germany ...racist...ethnic purge...forced migration..expanding..they just do it slowly and with veto on UN resolutions....And when I hear that someone is trying to pull legality and legitimacy from some book or history..even I respect importance it has because for them it is sacred book..well they even crazy as Nazis....if everyone start to ask for something they lost..or something it is sacred for them we would end in 24 hours in nuklear holocaust.... Now I suppose Israel didn't bored with this fact since Israel was strongest force and only nuklear power in region..but now things are very funny..and will be even more..since..you know..at some point there will be some greater power and with more nukes....not because I want it or because Israel deserve that....it is just how things work...at some point there will always came guy with bigger gun..just look in history.....well I suppose when this happens they will see things from different perspective and whish they did things differently...
     
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    I don't care about Palestinians but Jews belong in ovens. Long live Iran!
     
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    And there are still some idiots in Pakistan who want to sell jets to a dangerous country like Iran.
     
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    Iran.

    Duping Muslims for 1300 years.

    @I.R.A

    Many of your compatriots protested strongly when I said on the Pakistani nationalism thread that Pakistan represents a conveyor belt of sectarian cannon fodder for the two big boys of Islam to play out their millennial war on, without dirtying up their own soil.

    Cheers, Doc
     
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    Not really.

    The former FM was an idiot.
     
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    Do you know who is the first Muslim leader who conquered Jerusalem?
     
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    Saladin.

    A Zoroastrian Kurd.

    Great man.

    Cheers, Doc
     
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    Reminds me of Rehman Malik ".....wearing black clothes like in Star Wars movies" on Mehran base attack.
     
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    Kiss dunia say aya hy champooo?

    Umer was the first leader whose forces conquered Jerusalem.

    Now decode how Iran treats the mere mention of Umer ......... and you are here trying to tell me that Iran cares for Palestinians and Jerusalem because it is Muslim land ...... yeah sure.
     
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    You will need to explain bro. Muslim history and Islamic Iran are black holes for Zoroastrians.

    But did you know that Saladin was a Zoroastrian convert? Bundpaar!

    Cheers, Doc
     
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    Are you seriously one person using this id?

    Umer was the first Muslim leader whose forces entered Jerusalem and Persia simultaneously, he is hated by Iranians even today. So now after some 1400 years Iranians are trying to do what Umer did? I don't know why I find it hard to believe.

    Go eat pickle or something.
     
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    I actually like them for that,until this cannon fodder ends up in a foreign distant land i am ok with that.
     
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