Diane Abbott uses faked photo of Israeli fighter jet bombing Tehran to illustrate tweet about Syria

Kate McCann
The image Ms Abbott tweeted - Twitter

Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary and one of Jeremy Corbyn's most senior allies, has illustrated a tweet about Syria with a computer generated fake image of an Israeli jet bombing the capital of Iran. 

The photo, which was taken from an aviation blog and posted in 2012, shows an Israeli F-15 fighter over Tehran, with large explosions in the background. 

It was created by Al Clark and posted by David Cenciotti on The Aviationist blog in March 2012, accompanied by a clear explanation of what the image shows. 

He also included a note underneath the mocked-up photo marking it as a computer generated image which is "not a drawing, nor a rendering or a photo". 

Ms Abbott posted the image on Twitter this morning after listening to a BBC Today programme interview with Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary.

The tweet posted by Ms Abbott Credit: Twitter

She told the programme: "To take a decision on whether something is legally justified, and whether what we are actually intending on doing in terms of targets is appropriate, you would need to know information that could not be shared with every MP."

She added that it would be a "crazy thing to do" to share information on targets with MPs.

Ms Abbott tweeted: "Shocking to hear Tory minister on @BBCr4today claim that you can’t allow Parliament to vote on war because that would be to “outsource the decision to people who don’t have all the info” Do these people understand what parliamentary democracy is?"

Writing about the photo on a blog, Mr Cenciotti posted: "The following drawing, exclusively prepared by Al Clark for The Aviationist, shows how an attack by a formation of F-15Is on a nuclear facility located in downtown Tehran might look like.

A Syrian soldier films the damage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S, British and French military strikes Credit: AP

"Obviously, it is only a fictional scene, however it is quite realistic for an eventual strike on the Tehran Nuclear Research Center, that is located not far from the Milad Tower, clearly visible on the background.

"Someone might argue that the first and most of strikes would be launched at night. That is true, but it is quite likely that subsequent missions would be flown during daylight conditions too.

"Even the surroundings of the Nuclear Research Center are probably a bit different from those depicted, the payload could be different, tanks would be dropped, altitude should be higher and so on, but please take it just as an interesting artwork."

He added underneath: "Please note that I’ve used the word “image” on the title because it is not a drawing, nor a rendering or a photo. It is a Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)."

After being approached by The Telegraph for comment Ms Abbott tweeted: "Apparently, my use of this pic is 'important news'.

Damascus skies erupt with service to air missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria Credit: AP

"Yes, UK goes to war without UN approval or even parliamentary debate. But the most important news is what pics I use in a tweet. Pathetic."

A number of Twitter users pointed out the origin of the image underneath her post this morning and again after she posted about the use of the picture.

One user said: "It is important when it shows you have absolutely no clue what you're doing or talking about." 

Mr Corbyn opposes Theresa May's decision to bomb targets in Syria without a debate in Parliament first, after the UK partnered with France and America to take action last week. 

 

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