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Fake News Story Sets Off Israel-Pakistan Twitter Feud

The story came from AWD, which has been identified by fact-checking organizations as a fake news site

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    (Published Friday, Dec. 23, 2016)

    A fake news story has touched off a tense Twitter confrontation between nuclear power Pakistan and Israel, widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal of its own, in an episode that underlines the potentially harmful impact of such stories in sensitive global affairs 

    In an apparent response to a fake story claiming Israel's former defense minister threatened a nuclear attack against Pakistan if it sends troops to Syria, Pakistan's Defense Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif reminded Israel that "Pakistan is a nuclear state too." 

    Israel's Defense Ministry tweeted back Saturday, saying the original story on the site AWD News was "totally fictitious." 

    AWD has been identified by fact-checking organizations as a fake news site. 

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    Israel maintains a policy of nuclear ambiguity, neither confirming nor denying the existence of an arsenal. Pakistan became a nuclear power in 1998. The countries have no diplomatic ties. 

    There was no immediate reaction from Pakistan to Israel's response.