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How do I prove or disprove this matrix identity?

Let us have two n×n matrices A and B with real entries. Either prove, or disprove by providing a counterexample, that if ABA=0 and B is invertible, then A2=0.
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Here is a 2×2 counterexample, easily extendable to n×n: Let A orthogonally project onto one axis, and let B rotate the plane by 90∘. The operation of ABA is to collapse everything down to one axis, then turn that axis, then collapse that axis down to the origin. However, A2=A≠0

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