Video From Ethiopia Shared As Indian Army Training To Fight Taliban

The video has circulated online since at least March 2020 in posts about a graduation ceremony for Ethiopian armed forces.

After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 2021, a video appearing to show soldiers failing to jump through a flaming hoop was shared on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows "Indian commandos" preparing to fight the Taliban. The claim is false: the video has circulated online since at least March 2020 in posts about a graduation ceremony for Ethiopian armed forces.

The video was posted here on Twitter on September 12, 2021. It has been viewed more than 2,000 times.

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The post's caption reads: "Indian SSG commandos are ready to fight with #Taliban".

The video shows soldiers wearing white vests and military fatigues. One soldier is set on fire after attempting to jump through a flaming hoop. His colleagues then gather around him to extinguish the flames.


Screenshot of the post falsely claiming to show Indian troops training to fight the Taliban. Taken on September 14, 2021. ( AFP / )

The video circulated online after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. Historically, the Taliban has seen India as a proxy of its archrival Pakistan. Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera reported here.

The video has been shared alongside a similar claim on Twitter here and here; and on Facebook here, here, here and here.

The claim, however, is false.

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The video has circulated online since March 2020 in posts about a graduation ceremony for soldiers in Ethiopia.

A reverse image search found the same footage was published on YouTube here on March 11, 2020.

The video's caption reads: "A special commando from the Oromia special force caught on fire while showing his skill on his graduation day in Ethiopia".

Further keyword searches found a corresponding video of a graduation ceremony posted by Ethiopian government broadcaster Oromia Broadcasting Network (OBN) on March 9, 2020.

The video's Afan Oromo-language caption reads: "Commando show on the 30th Oromia police graduation ceremony".

It shows soldiers wearing the same outfits. It also features the Ethiopian flag and a flag of Ethiopia's Oromia region.

Below are screenshot comparisons of scenes in the video in the misleading posts (L) and the OBN video (R) with similar features highlighted by AFP:

Screenshot comparing the video in the misleading posts (L) and the video from OBN (R), with the similar flags and people sitting on the ground highlighted by AFP. Taken on September 15, 2021. ( AFP / )

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Local media outlet Addis Standard tweeted about the same graduation ceremony here on March 9, 2020.

"#Ethiopia: #Oromia regional state graduated several hundred regional Special Forces who took training in #Bulbula Police Training Academy. Yesterday's graduation was attended by regional President @ShimelisAbdisa as well as Oromia Police College Chief, Commander Getachew Itana," reads the tweet.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by BOOM staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Updated On: 2021-09-17T18:15:32+05:30
Claim Review :   Video shows Indian commandos preparing to fight the Taliban.
Claimed By :  Posts on Facebook and Twitter
Fact Check :  False
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