Afghan News Agencies Share Old and Unrelated Photo as Photo of a Building Gutted Down by Fire in Maidan-Wardak Province…

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A photo of a military operation from Helmand province of Afghanistan went viral as photo of a building gutted down by fire in Maidan-Wardak province of Afghanistan. Many news agencies and social media users published it as the burned building in Behsud District of Maidan-Wardak. 

Let’s see the posts that made the claim in detail and how we found out the truth. 

Claim: 

On February.2.2021 Afghani social media accounts and some news agencies, including the Pajhwok Afghan news and Mir Rahman Rahmani published a photo claimed to be the photo of a burned building in Behsud district of Maidan-Wardak. You can see their posts in the collage given below.

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Fact Check

We did a Google reverse image search of the image and found that the photo does not belong to Behsud district of Maidan-Wardak, province of Afghanistan. It shows that Tolonews had published this image on October.12.2020, which is from a military operation carried out in Helmand province of Afghanistan. 

Click here to see the original tweet-ToloNews

After protest of its followers for publishing the wrong image, the Pajhwok Afghan news corrected its post and apologized for the mistake. You can see their corrected post below:

Read the post here-Pajhwok Afghan News

Conclusion: Various Afghan news agencies and accounts published a photo from an operation in Helmand province of Afghanistan as the photo of the burned building in Behsud district of Maidan-Wardak province of Afghanistan. The photo belongs to Helmand, not to Maidan-Wardak province of Afghanistan. Hence, the claim we reviewed in this fact check is False.

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Title:Afghan News Agencies Share Old and Unrelated Photo as Photo of a Building Gutted Down by Fire in Maidan-Wardak Province…

Fact Check By: Fact Crescendo Team 

Result: False

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