Fact Check: Not American, but British soldier was pictured rescuing baby in Afghanistan

An image showing a soldier holding a baby is viral on social media. Users claim that it is the image of a US soldier who rescued a baby in Afghanistan.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  26 Aug 2021 8:04 AM GMT
Fact Check: Not American, but British soldier was pictured rescuing baby in Afghanistan

Hyderabad: An image showing a soldier holding a baby is viral on social media. Users claim that it is the image of a US soldier who rescued a baby in Afghanistan.

"US soldier rescuing a baby in Afghanistan. Picture of the day," reads the message on Facebook


The link to the post can be viewed here.

Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

NewsMeter found that multiple users have commented on the post. They said the picture shows a British soldier and not an American soldier.

With that clue, we did a Reverse Image Search and found a report on The Guardian newspaper website headlined, 'Afghans face catastrophe without urgent aid, UN warns'. . It carried the same image.

The caption of the image read, "A British soldier with a baby at Kabul airport. Photograph: Sky News".

The picture was attributed to Sky News. We found the same picture on the Sky News website as well. "Afghanistan: Picture of British troops and the Taliban at Kabul airport", the headline of the report read.

As per reports, the picture was part of a sequence filmed by Sky News cameraperson Toby Nash at Kabul airport.

Hence, the soldier holding a baby is not American, but British.

Claim Review:American soldier holding a baby.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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