Polygraph.info fact checks a commentary by Russia’s state-owned Sputnik news agency, published April 22, about U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet announcing his order to destroy any Iranian gunboats that harass the U.S. Navy ships.
READ MORE: In the commentary, Sputnik cited Farhad Ibragimov, an expert from Putin’s Valdai Discussion Club, a Moscow-based think tank and discussion forum, who said there were three reasons for Trump’s “threats” against Iran.
First, Ibragimov said, Trump is trying to distract from the U.S. domestic political crisis, aggravated by criticism over the administration’s handling of the COVID-19 response. Second, he said, Trump was angry at Iran for refusing U.S. coronavirus humanitarian aid. Third, he said Trump is trying to boost oil prices by threatening possible military action in the Middle East.
The last sentence in the Sputnik report implies that Washington has been hiding military casualties suffered in the January Iranian missile strike in Iraq, which was in retaliation for the U.S. airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.
“On the night of January 8, Iran launched a missile strike on the American military infrastructure in Iraq. The number of victims of this attack was not disclosed.”
The claim is false.