Hyderabad: An image of eight United States servicemen sitting at a dinner table is viral on social media. Users claim servicemen are having a meal at a homeless shelter in Islamabad, Pakistan.

"# U.S. army personnel enjoying Dinner in #Islamabad Panah Gah, A project for homeless under #Ehsaas Kafalat initiative of #NayaPakistan started by #ImranKhan," reads the claim

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The claim is false. The photo is neither from Pakistan nor is recent.

The image was taken in 2013 during a Thanksgiving Day meal at Bagram Airbase (an Afghan military base, and formerly the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan). The same image was carried by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service. "Task Force Lifeliner soldiers bow their heads and give thanks during Thanksgiving Day at the Koele Dining Facility, Nov. 28, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan," reads its description


ClarksVille Online (a north Tennessee digital newspaper) and Stars and Stripes (a daily American military newspaper) also reported it. Task Force Lifeliner deployed to Afghanistan were provided with a Thanksgiving meal at the Koele Dining Facility on Nov. 28, 2013. The photo is credited to the US Sergeant Sinthia Rosario of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs, who also wrote the article on ClarksVille Online.

Evidently, it is clear that the claim is false.

Claim Review :   US servicemen having a meal at a homeless shelter in Islamabad, Pakistan amidst U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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