Video Of French Soldiers Shared As Taliban Attacking Resistance Forces

The video, which has circulated online since at least 2019, shows French troops and not Taliban forces.

As fighting intensified between Taliban fighters and Afghan resistance forces, a video viewed more than one million times emerged online alongside a claim it shows Taliban forces attacking Afghanistan's Panjshir province. The claim is false: the footage shows French troops and has circulated online since at least 2019.

The video was posted here on Facebook on August 29, 2021.

It has been viewed more than one million times.

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"Taliban have started attacking the Panjshir area," reads the post's Urdu-language caption.

The video shows soldiers fighting in a mountainous region.

Screenshot of the post falsely claiming to show Taliban fighters attacking Panjshir. Taken on September 4, 2021. ( AFP / )

Panjshir province was the last holdout resisting Taliban control since the group seized power of Afghanistan in August.

"Both sides have claimed to have inflicted heavy losses on their rivals ," AFP reported here on September 3.

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

The claim is false. The footage actually shows French troops and has circulated online since 2019.

The video was posted here on March 25, 2019.

"French foreign legion 'operation'," reads the video's Portuguese-language title.

The French flag can be seen on the soldiers' uniforms.

Below is a comparison of a keyframe in the misleading footage (L) and the video from 2019 (R) with the French flag highlighted in red by AFP:

Screenshot comparing footage from the video with the false caption (L) and the video posted in 2019 (R). Taken on September 4, 2021. ( AFP / )

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A spokesperson for the French joint chief of the defence staff told AFP on September 2, 2021 that the video shows "soldiers from the Foreign Legion", but he could not provide further details on the event.

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

Updated On: 2021-09-11T15:42:52+05:30
Claim Review :   Video shows Taliban forces attacking Afghanistans Panjshir province.
Claimed By :  Posts on Facebook and YouTube
Fact Check :  False
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