By Lawrence Synder  |  12-26-2016   News
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In what appears to be a response to a fake news article, Pakistan threatened Israel with a nuclear war through Twitter. According to reports, the fabricated story claimed that Pakistan deploys soldiers in Syria, Israel will retaliate with a nuclear attack.

The fake news story, which was published by AWDNews.com on Dec. 20, had the headline “Israel Defense Minister: If Pakistan Send Ground Troops into Syria on any Pretext, We will Destroy this Country with a Nuclear Attack.”

Apparently, the basis is Pakistan’s support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, which is currently engaged in an on-going civil war against rebels in Aleppo.

The site claimed that the statement was issued by former defense minister of Israel Moshe Yaalon. In response to the alleged threat, Defense Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif reminded Israel on Twitter that Pakistan also has nuclear weapons.

“Israeli [defense minister] threatens nuclear retaliation presuming [Pakistan’s] role in Syria against Daesh,” As if tweeted. “Israel forgets Pakistan is a nuclear state too.”

Israel’s Defense Ministry has already clarified that Yaalon never made the controversial statement against Pakistan and that the story posted by AWD News was fake. In addition, Israel has always maintained ambiguity regarding its nuclear capabilities. The country has never confirmed nor denied that it has nuclear capabilities.

As noted by the Daily Mail, the AWD News site is known for releasing clickbait headlines and articles based on conspiracy theories. Previously, the site wrongly reported that Queen Rania, the wife of Jordan’s King Abdullah was murdered.

Following the revelation that the story was simply fabricated, Israel and Pakistan have not yet issued statements regarding the controversy. Although the story published by AWD News was already proven as fake, the article as well as the response issued by Asif could contribute to the growing tension between Israel and Pakistan.

In what appears to be a response to a fake news article, Pakistan threatened Israel with a nuclear war through Twitter. According to reports, the fabricated story claimed that Pakistan deploys soldiers in Syria, Israel will retaliate with a nuclear attack.

The fake news story, which was published by AWDNews.com on Dec. 20, had the headline “Israel Defense Minister: If Pakistan Send Ground Troops into Syria on any Pretext, We will Destroy this Country with a Nuclear Attack.”

Apparently, the basis is Pakistan’s support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, which is currently engaged in an on-going civil war against rebels in Aleppo.

The site claimed that the statement was issued by former defense minister of Israel Moshe Yaalon. In response to the alleged threat, Defense Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif reminded Israel on Twitter that Pakistan also has nuclear weapons.

“Israeli [defense minister] threatens nuclear retaliation presuming [Pakistan’s] role in Syria against Daesh,” As if tweeted. “Israel forgets Pakistan is a nuclear state too.”

Israel’s Defense Ministry has already clarified that Yaalon never made the controversial statement against Pakistan and that the story posted by AWD News was fake. In addition, Israel has always maintained ambiguity regarding its nuclear capabilities. The country has never confirmed nor denied that it has nuclear capabilities.

As noted by the Daily Mail, the AWD News site is known for releasing clickbait headlines and articles based on conspiracy theories. Previously, the site wrongly reported that Queen Rania, the wife of Jordan’s King Abdullah was murdered.

Following the revelation that the story was simply fabricated, Israel and Pakistan have not yet issued statements regarding the controversy. Although the story published by AWD News was already proven as fake, the article as well as the response issued by Asif could contribute to the growing tension between Israel and Pakistan.

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