Following Iran’s Houthi missile attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq, a lot of people on social media are making fun of the seriousness of the offense. Those jokes have been made for some time — with condescending twerking GIFs, a troll-ish meme picture, a “Monday Night Football” made-up (Monday Night Improv), and, most of all, a seemingly sentient ghost hoax.
Haha so I got my hall pass early tonight pic.twitter.com/h23ePRWuK8 — Jacqueline () January 8, 2019
One Twitter user reports that U.S. military bases in Iraq are “all” on high alert, and have been “put on notice by the [Iranian] Revolutionary Guard Corps to safeguard their guards and protect our military bases.”
Turkey continues to deny any knowledge of the strike. A Turkish official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the explosion on January 8 happened at a military position in Iran but was not yet clear whether it was a ballistic missile or guided missile.
But hundreds of people on social media are using this particular Syrian-Venezuelan satirical account to spread far-fetched ISIS-related rumors: The alleged error of the strike meant the presence of “American troops” could not be found.
In response to this widespread confusion, one counterterrorism expert from Libya has released an excellent correction of his own.
. has had the event redone. From Mashable:
"It's been super popular, especially among readers of Arabic news sites, and the commenters even started to be confused, including by spelling it 'Didn't we attack their positions once? There was no total blackout!" pic.twitter.com/u5VAnjdw3p — Charles C. W. Cooke () January 8, 2019
In case you haven’t made it this far (because who knows how long this meme will go on for), those jumpy troops still aren’t there: Here’s a picture of the supposedly militarily reactive U.S. Air Force:
Rather than a surge of troops in response to the Houthi missile attack, it appears the Yemenis are backing down: According to the New York Times, since the Saudis have banned coalition air strikes in Yemeni territory, the coalition has only fired 11 cruise missiles in Yemen since December, and four this week alone.