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
Fact Check :  Misleading

Sabya Singh

Sabya is currently a fact-checker at NewsMeter and a full-time reporter with Hans India. she has a keen interest in pursuing stories of education, women and child development and loves photography. She is pursuing her M.A in mass communication and journalism from St.Francis of women. she is an avid reader and paints in her spare time.

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