Diane Abbott accused of posting 'deeply dishonest' fake image of air raid

Diane Abbott has come under fire after posting a fake image of a bombing raid in a social media post about the Syrian air strikes.

The shadow home secretary dismissed as "pathetic" the row over her use of the picture.

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The Labour frontbencher used the image in a post hitting out at International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who was defending the Government's refusal to hold a parliamentary vote before launching air strikes in response to the chemical weapon attack at Douma.

Twitter users pointed out that the image used to illustrate her point was a composite showing what a fictional Israeli air strike in Tehran might have looked like, rather than an actual RAF raid on Syria.

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But Ms Abbott dismissed criticism over her choice of image, saying: "Apparently, my use of this pic is 'important news'. 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."

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The RAF's involvement in the joint operation with the US and France saw Tornado jets launch storm shadow missiles at the Him Sinshar chemical weapons storage site.

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Tory MP James Cleverly said Ms Abbott had undermined her case by using a "deeply dishonest image" and accused her and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of "anti-West prejudice".

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Demanding an apology, he added: "To imply that this was a attack on civilian homes, as the picture does, is a vile misrepresentation and dishonours the RAF personnel involved."