Old video of Syria passed off as victory celebration in Kabul

With the Taliban in control of the presidential palace in Kabul and the US ambassador fleeing to the airport, Taliban have won the war

By Shimron Diana  Published on  18 Aug 2021 4:15 AM GMT
Old video of Syria passed off as victory celebration in Kabul

Hyderabad: A video of victory celebration is viral on social media.

"With the Taliban in control of the presidential palace in Kabul and the US ambassador fleeing to the airport, Taliban have won the war (sic)," reads the Facebook post.

It has clocked more than 60,000 views and over 500 shares.

https://www.facebook.com/104299565272424/posts/118685993833781/?sfnsn=wiwspmo

We came across another Facebook post with a similar claim. "#big, #breaking With the Taliban in control of the presidential palace in Kabul and the US ambassador fleeing to the airport, Taliban have won the war (sic)," it reads.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

The video is not from Kabul. It dates back to March 2015 and is from Idlib, Syria.

The video was shot shortly after a coalition of Syrian rebels captured the northwestern city of Idlib from the pro-government forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

News Meter checked if a similar video is posted on other social media platforms. We came across a YouTube video.


The YouTube video had similar visuals to that of the virally circulated video and it was posted five years ago.

According to an article by the BBC published in the year 2015, "At the end of March, Syrian rebels captured the north-western provincial capital of Idlib as government forces fled in the face of a coordinated offensive.

The rebels followed up the victory by taking control of the town of Jisr al-Shughour, and al-Qarmid military base."

Hence it is clear that the visuals of victory celebrations are from Syria.

We also came across another YouTube video with the similar visuals.


News Meter on checking the keyframes of video spotted the national flag of Syria.

Conclusion: The claim is false. The video is not from Kabul, but from Idlib, Syria.

Claim Review:A video of soldiers celebrating victory in Kabul
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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