Doctored Photo Viral As Taliban Owning Armored Car Like Tesla's Cybertruck

The original photo by Associated Press shows the Taliban militants in a different type of truck.

An image purporting to show Taliban fighters riding a vehicle that resembles Tesla's futuristic Cybertruck has been shared in multiple social media posts after the group's takeover of Afghanistan. However, the image has been doctored; the original photo by Associated Press (AP) news agency shows the men in a different type of truck.

"Tesla might sue the Taliban for appearance infringement," reads this Weibo post from September 10.

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The image shows three armed people riding in a truck. The vehicle's distinctive shape resembles Tesla's Cybertruck, an all-electric vehicle with a "nearly impenetrable exoskeleton" and "armor glass" that was unveiled by the innovative tech firm in 2019.

Screenshot taken on September 17, 2021, of the misleading Weibo post

Taliban fighters entered the Afghan capital Kabul on August 15, sealing the group's nationwide military victory in just 10 days.

The same image was also shared alongside similar claims about Tesla's Cybertruck here on Weibo; here and here on Twitter; and here on Facebook.

However, the image has been doctored from a photo that shows the fighters riding in a different vehicle.

Reverse image and keyword searches found this photo published by AP on August 16.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the image shared in the misleading posts (L) and the photo published by AP (R):

"Taliban fighters stand guard in front of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021," the photo caption reads.

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"Thousands of people packed into the Afghan capital's airport on Monday, rushing the tarmac and pushing onto planes in desperate attempts to flee the country after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed government."

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

Updated On: 2021-09-17T18:15:58+05:30
Claim Review :   Photo shows Taliban have an armored vehicle similar to Teslas Cybertruck.
Claimed By :  Posts on Weibo, Twitter and Facebook.
Fact Check :  False
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