Fact check: Old visuals of ISIS terrorists in Syria being passed off as from Kashmir

A video showing a group of people, including women and children, escaping through mountain ranges has gone viral on social media. It is being claimed this video shows the forced displacement of Muslims from Kashmir.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  17 Oct 2021 10:44 AM GMT
Fact check: Old visuals of ISIS terrorists in Syria being passed off as from Kashmir

Hyderabad: A video showing a group of people, including women and children, escaping through mountain ranges has gone viral on social media. It is being claimed this video shows the forced displacement of Muslims from Kashmir.

The video is being shared with a caption in Arabic, which can be roughly translated into English: "Watch before deleting the killing and eviction of Muslims from Kashmir. Allah suffices me, and He is the best disposer of affairs."


The post can be viewed here, here, and here.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter extracted the keyframes of the video with the help of InVid and did a reverse image search. Then our team of fact-checkers found a news article published on March 15, 2019, which carried a similar video. The headline of the article reads, "Isis families and fighters flee the last battleground of the caliphate."

Secondly, the correspondent searched further and found another article dated March 14, 2019, that featured the same viral video. The article reads, "Some of the ISIS militants are leaving the last ISIS base in Baxoz with their wives and children. Corridors were often opened to allow civilians or children, and militants to leave, but there were no corridor views."

With the help of relevant keyword searches, the fact-checker came across an article published by Reuters on March 14, 2019, that carried a similar visual. The article reads, "Islamic State militants along with women and children surrendered in the hundreds to U.S. backed forces in eastern Syria as the jihadists lost ground in their last shred of territory."

Evidently, the visuals are old and from Syria. It is not related to Kashmir, India. Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:A video shows the displacement of Muslims from Kashmir.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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