Fact Check: Video of Ashraf Ghani boarding a plane is not related to Taliban takeover

A video of the former Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani boarding a flight is going viral on social media. Users claim the video shows how Ghani fled the country after the Taliban takeover.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  19 Aug 2021 7:58 AM GMT
Fact Check: Video of Ashraf Ghani boarding a plane is not related to Taliban takeover

Hyderabad: A video of the former Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani boarding a flight is going viral on social media. Users claim the video shows how Ghani fled the country after the Taliban takeover.

"Ashraf Ghani fleeing Afghanistan as Taliban takes control over the country. Ghani proved how much he loves his country and the people of Afghanistan," reads the message.


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Fact Check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a news article from July 15 saying Ghani left Afghanistan to attend an international summit in Uzbekistan

http://heartofasia.af/president-ghani-to-attend-international-summit-in-uzbekistan/

Secondly, we took the help of keyword searches, found "Tolo News"- a leading media outlet in Afghanistan

It had tweeted the same video with the caption: "President Ashraf Ghani left Kabul this morning for a two-day visit to Uzbekistan."

The Afghan government had also published a statement about the visit on July 15, 2021. "President Ashraf Ghani at the top of a high-ranking government delegation left Kabul for Uzbekistan to participate in the International Conference "Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity; Challenges and Opportunities," the statement said.

Ghani can be seen wearing the same outfit and waving from the same plane as in the viral video.

https://president.gov.af/en/president-ghani-leaves-kabul-for-uzbekistan/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=pmd_DyvBXhthmosle0BnwKTRrkGRVz45yabqq6IG_clRXIk-1629288012-0-gqNtZGzNApCjcnBszQcl

Hence, the claim is false. A month-old video is being wrongly circulated as Ghani fleeing Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country.

Claim Review:Video shows deposed Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani fleeing the country to Tajikistan after Taliban takeover
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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